Season over for Sidibe
France international Djibril Sidibe is a doubt for the World Cup after being diagnosed with a knee injury. The Monaco full-back suffered the injury during Sunday's defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain. "In the most serious cases it is seven weeks; in the less serious, four weeks," coach Leonardo Jardim told reporters. "Will we be seeing him again this season? I think not."
Neymar reveals return date
Neymar is confident he will be fit in time for the World Cup, though he has admitted he may not play for PSG again this season. "There isn't an exact date yet," Neymar said at a promotional event. "I have the last exam, if I'm not mistaken, on May 17. Then I'll see, it depends on how things develop, it depends on my next exams. It has not been decided. I hope I won't watch the World Cup on TV! I will have enough time to prepare."
Neymar expects to return in a month
Brazil should have Neymar available for the World Cup and the star forward could play for Paris Saint-Germain again this season after a positive update on his foot injury. Neymar has been sidelined since February after breaking a bone in his foot, with the injury requiring surgery. PSG stated on Friday that his recovery is going well, while coach Unai Emery hopes the Brazilian can return before the end of the season.
Neymar may join PSG in April
Neymar will be back from injury "in two to three weeks," Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery said on Friday. The star forward suffered a fractured metatarsal on February 25 against Marseille and returned to Brazil for treatment. Neymar missed his club's second-leg defeat to Real Madrid on March 6, which knocked PSG out of the Champions League. He scored 29 goals and made three assists in 30 appearances this season.
Di Maria doubt for Cup final
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery are yet to rule Angel Di Maria, injured on duty with Argentina, out for the Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco on Saturday night. Di Maria returned from international duties with a thigh strain and did not train on Wednesday. PSG will have a final training session on Thursday before making the trip to Bordeaux on Friday, and it is expected that Di Maria's fitness will be re-assessed at that time.
Thauvin out with hamstring injury
France winger Florian Thauvin has been ruled out of the team's friendly against Russia because of a hamstring injury. The French soccer federation says the Marseille player did not travel with his teammates to St. Petersburg, where France will take on the World Cup hosts on Tuesday. France coach Didier Deschamps will not call up a replacement for Thauvin, who underwent an MRI scan which revealed the injury in his left thigh.
PSG without Pastore and Motta
Paris Saint-Germain will be without Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta in addition to Neymar when they take on Nice at Allianz Riviera on Sunday. Pastore, who has struggled to stay free of injury all season, has stayed in Paris to train as he battles with persistent calf issues, and Motta is suspended after a straight red card in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Angers at Parc des Princes.
Thauvin did not break ankle, Garcia confirms
Rudi Garcia does not believe the injury suffered by Marseille winger Florian Thauvin against Athletic Bilbao is serious. Thauvin was carried from the field on a stretcher during Thursday's 3-1 Europa League victory, prompting fears the winger had broken his ankle. "Thauvin received a big bruise, but nothing is broken," Garcia said. "We'll wait till tomorrow for more information."
Fekir ruled out of Moscow trip
Lyon will be without injured captain Nabil Fekir for their UEFA Europa League match at CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Despite taking part in the final training session, the playmaker was not included in coach Bruno Genesio's 20-man squad for the trip to Moascow. Fekir, the team's co-top scorer in Ligue 1 with 16 goals, is not yet sufficiently recovered from a knee injury sustained in a clash with Saint-Etienne.
Cavani to miss Metz match
Edinson Cavani will miss Paris Saint-Germain's match against Metz at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. The Ligue 1 top scorer received an automatic suspension after picking up a third yellow card in the space of ten matches in the win over Marseille. The Uruguayan is averaging a goal every 86 minutes this season, and one every 76 minutes at the Parc des Princes. Meanwhile, Metz will be without the suspended Georges Mandjeck and Julian Palmieri.
Neymar undergoes successful surgery
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar's operation was a success, after the Brazilian underwent surgery for a fracture of his fifth metatarsal. "The operation, conducted by doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful," a statement read. "The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks' time to establish a possible date for his return to training."
Neymar out for up to 3 months, says surgeon
Neymar could face up to three months on the sidelines after the Paris Saint-Germain forward undergoes surgery on his broken foot, Brazil's national team doctor has confirmed. Despite head coach Unai Emery initially appearing resistant to the idea, the Ligue 1 leaders confirmed on Wednesday that Neymar would need an operation.
"It was a small fissure, a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte," Dr Lasmar said. "We do not have the right time, but it will certainly be that day. It's two and a half months, three months of recovery. After surgery we will have more details about this time."