NEYMAR may have missed the Champions League win against Manchester United on Tuesday night – but his celebrations more than made up for it. T
NEYMAR may have missed the Champions League win against Manchester United on Tuesday night – but his celebrations more than made up for it.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, 27, was filmed watching the game on TV and did not hold back when Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored.
Despite his metatarsal injury keeping him out of the game, Neymar jumped around wildly as he hugged his friends while PSG earned a crucial 2-0 win.
He was careful to limp somewhat while leaping off the sofa and the video, shared by OTRO.com, even included a clip of the Brazilian star having cream rubbed on to his damaged foot.
But when Mbappe grabbed PSG’s second of the night, Neymar – in a replica shirt with his name and number on the back – celebrated with the Frenchman’s trademark, arms-crossed celebration.
Neymar suffered the injury in a challenge against Strasbourg in the Coupe de France last month.
PSG have a better record, unsurprisingly, when Neymar is in the side but they were not left ruing his absence on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel’s side scored twice within seven second-half minutes to take a two-goal advantage back to the Parc des Princes on March 6.
However, potentially the fact that Paul Pogba was sent off in the final minutes could prove to be the best news for the French champions.
Now they have secured a lead in the tie, Tuchel may be less inclined to rush Neymar back into the team for the second leg.
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Initially, he was expected to be out for ten weeks – until April – but his return may be brought forward, especially on the basis of Tuesday’s celebrations.
It is unlikely that he will start the game, which PSG know they can afford to lose by one goal.
But he may be named on the bench in case PSG need a goal to wrap up the tie.