Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar is facing a fitness battle to feature in next week’s Champions league last 16 first leg tie at Borussia Dortmund, coach Thomas Tuchel said.
The world’s most expensive player has missed three matches, having been sidelined with a rib injury since the victory over Montpellier on February 2.
“I can’t say that he will be fit to play against Borussia Dortmund,” Tuchel said after the 6-1 French Cup quarter final hammering of Dijon on Wednesday.
PSG will wait until the last possible moment before making a decision on the Brazilian’s chances of facing Amiens in Ligue 1 at the weekend.
“We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can’t risk his fitness,” Tuchel added.
“If it was up to me only, Neymar would always play. However, it is simply not possible — we must be attentive, and we cannot risk the health of any player. We have a responsibility.
“We will sit down with everyone and decide for Saturday — the club, the medical staff and him. It is a medical decision as the risk is too big.”
Against Dijon, Pablo Sarabia scored twice and set up another, while Kylian Mbappe and Thiago Silva chipped in with strikes on top of two Dijon own goals.
Neymar’s teammates Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye also were unavailable for the midweek Cup victory and are likely sit out Saturday’s league match at Amiens.
“We aren’t going to take risks against Amiens, it’s clear. We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubts, we won’t take risks,” Tuchel said.
The Parisians have never got further than the quarter finals in the Champions League and travel to Dortmund on Tuesday for the first leg of the last 16 clash.