Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) might play without the Brazilian professional footballer and its left winger, Neymar, in their clash with Olympique de Marseille (OM) on Sunday as the Brazilian has been struck down by illness.
The 29-year-old has been unable to participate in training as Mauricio Pochettino (coach) prepares his team for the big game
As a result, the South-American is expected to miss out on a heavyweight encounter at Stade Velodrome.
PSG said on Saturday in a statement posted on the club’s website, “Neymar is absent from training this morning due to gastroenteritis, he will be evaluated in the coming hours.”
There is still a chance that Neymar could make the trip to Marseille, but he is too seek at the moment and may not be fit for such competitive action.
Several absentees have been confirmed by PSG, with Juan Bernat a long-term injury victim that has been out of action since September. Timothee Pembele has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him into self-isolation, and Colin Dagba is set to be sidelined for two weeks with a thigh injury.
Abdou Diallo is another following coronavirus protocols, while Ander Herrera and Keylor Navas are not yet ready to return as they continue their respective recoveries from recent knocks.
In more positive news for Pochettino, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos have played a full part in training and will be starting for the French side.
PSG are preparing to face old adversaries Marseille for the third time this season, with OM claiming a notable victory at Parc des Princes back in September 2020.
The men from the French capital gained their revenge shortly after Pochettino’s appointment as successor to Thomas Tuchel, with a Trophee des Champions success.
Ifesinachi Nnabugwu reporting, Obinwannem News