Thomas Tuchel unsure of how long PSG star Neymar will be out for after latest injury

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Neymar's showboating nature has been cited as a reason for his injuries.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is unsure of the extent of Neymar‘s latest injury but the Brazilian star will miss the trip to Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Neymar was substituted early in the second half of the draw at Bordeaux on Sunday with an apparent groin problem.

The 26-year-old suffered a groin injury on international duty with Brazil last month, which meant he missed the league win at Toulouse.

However, he was able to return for PSG in their crunch Champions League clash at home to Liverpool this week.

Tuchel hopes the problem is not serious and that Neymar will be available again when Montpellier visit the Parc des Princes on December 8.

“I do not know at all (what he has), I think (that’s the same injury as before Liverpool),” Tuchel told L’Equipe after the 2-2 draw at Bordeaux.

“We must be careful. He said that it was not a problem to play tonight but the ground was hard. We made the decision with everyone, Neymar, the physio, that he did not take any risk to play.

“He felt good but by the time he felt something he came out on time. We will leave him alone against Strasbourg and he will be ready, I hope, against Montpellier.”

PSG dropped points in Ligue 1 for the first time this season as Bordeaux twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at the Matmut Atlantique.

Neymar had given PSG the half-time lead, but Bordeaux were level early in the second half through Jimmy Briand’s strike.

The champions looked like maintaining their perfect start to the campaign and making it 15 league wins in a row when Kylian Mbappe restored their advantage after 66 minutes.

However, substitute Andreas Cornelius headed another equalising goal for the hosts with six minutes remaining.

Tuchel told the club’s official website: “We lost a little intensity in the second half. Bordeaux took their chance by scoring the equaliser, even if we should have scored a second goal at the end of the first half.

“We had the chance to extend our lead when we were 2-1 up, we had a lot of chances and could have had two penalties.”

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What could Neymar's potential return to Barcelona mean for both the parties

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Luis Suarez and Neymar

Rumours linking Neymar to Barcelona are doing the rounds again after the Brazilian failed to give a clear answer when he was asked about a possible return following Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay on Monday.

Barcelona’s sporting director Pep Segura further fuelled these rumours when he mentioned that the history between the player and the club won’t hinder any possibilities of the winger plying his trade at the Camp Nou again.

Would these move benefit both the parties, or at least one of them? We take a look.

Familiar face

Neymar’s move to Barcelona promises immediate results. The Brazilian is a familiar face at the Camp Nou and is completely aware of the style of play at the Catalan club. The 26 year-old won’t waste much time ‘settling in’ like any new signing would. The PGS star has developed a great rapport with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez from his time with the La Liga champions and it won’t be long before the deadly trio creates havoc again.

A familiar trio

A familiar trio

With Ousmane Dembele struggling to find form and Malcom yet to win manager Ernesto Valverde over, Neymar will pounce on the vacant left-wing position and assert himself as the best option by a good margin.

Should he rejoin Barcelona, Neymar would have the luxury of playing behind national teammate Philippe Coutinho. In fact, Neymar has already formed a solid partnership with the former Liverpool player and has a great foundation that he can build on.

Alba wears the frown

The last few months of Luis Enrique’s tenure were nightmarish for Jordi Alba. Enrique’s system revolved around the frontline of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Careless with the ball and no attempt to recover it after being dispossessed, Neymar’s style of play added to Alba’s defensive burden. The left-back was always denied the space upfront and could not bring out his A game due to the attacking restrictions.

Jordi Alba.

Jordi Alba.

The 29-year-old has started the season in scintillating fashion and has also reclaimed his spot in the Spain squad. The attacking liberty he has received due to the presence of a winger who prefers to occupy the half-space rather than stretching the play has allowed him to re-establish himself as one of the best left-backs in the world.

Although it’s not clear if Neymar will be undertaking a similar role under Valverde, it’s safe to state that the current system is best left undisturbed.

Future prospects go for a toss

If seen as a long term replacement, Neymar will undoubtedly destroy any future that Malcom and Dembele might have at the club. That the players are yet to display any signs of brilliance that can justify Barcelona’s faith in them is true. But wiping out any possibilities of a successful career at their dream club would not be the best idea.

“A kingdom cannot be ruled by two kings.” There’s enough evidence in the past in support of this statement made by the late Johan Cruyff. Neymar switched to the Parisian side so that he can play the role of a protagonist, which would not have been possible at Barcelona as long as Messi was at the club.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

The Argentine will always be the focal point and Coutinho has now made a case to pick up the mantle after Messi’s inevitable departure. Reintroducing Neymar would again disrupt the hierarchy and cause all sort of problems that the Catalan club would prefer to avoid.

Verdict

Barcelona can provide a brilliant platform for Neymar to shine again and enable him to re-establish himself as one of the best players in the world. The club could also reap rewards almost immediately but the decision might bite the club in the long run.

The Brazilian is more of a luxury signing for the five team Champions League winners and the negatives clearly outweigh the positives. Barcelona are better off letting this one pass.

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Neymar reveals injury is "nothing serious" ahead of crucial Liverpool clash

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Neymar believes the injury he sustained in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Cameroon was “nothing serious”.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward came off in the early stages of Tuesday’s friendly in Milton Keynes due to a groin problem.

After the game, Brazil boss Tite would not discuss the injury. Brazil said Neymar would be assessed by PSG, who host Liverpool in the Champions League next Wednesday.

The player himself said in a message posted on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.”

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also suggested the issue was not a major one.

Lasmar was quoted by SporTV as saying: “He (Neymar) has been evaluated, has already initiated the treatment. (He) will need a little more time for a better evaluation, an image exam, but at first it is nothing important.”

After Neymar came off in the eighth minute at Stadium MK, his replacement, Everton’s Richarlison, scored just before half-time.

Tuesday also saw Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe sustain a shoulder injury. He was forced off in France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay after an awkward landing.

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