The Brazilian has been out of action since sustaining an adductor injury during a 1-0 win against Caen in the French Cup on February 10.
Neymar participated in first-team training
Paris Saint-Germain suffered an increased injury boost as Neymar trained ahead of their clash with Barcelona. The Brazilian has been out of action since sustaining an adductor injury during a 1-0 win against Caen in the French Cup on February 10. Neymar sat out the first leg of PSG’s last Champions League tie against Barça. But could now be in the starting squad to return against his former club midweek. Neymar participated in first-team training with the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s team on Sunday morning. Less than 24 hours after seeing his teammates beat Brest 3-0 in the French Cup. Before that competition, Pochettino gave a positive update on the 29-year-old’s condition. He left the door open for his performance against Barça.
Pochetino is very happy with Neymar’s development
“We are very pleased with his development. And will see in the coming days if he can play against Barcelona,” said the PSG boss. Neymar, who joined PSG from Barça for a record €222 million in 2017. He played a crucial role in the French club’s latest bid for silverware on several fronts, despite continuing to struggle with dismal injuries. Maintaining full fitness proved to be a difficult task for the Brazil international throughout his time at Parc des Princes. However, he still managed to make 13 goals and 16 assists across 18 appearances in all competitions this season. It would be seen as nothing short of a disaster if PSG failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after their stunning 4-1 triumph at Camp Nou last month.
The Ligue 1 champions managed to blow a 4-0 aggregate lead against Barça at the same stage in 2016-17. But the experience of reaching last year’s final will keep them in good shape to avoid a repeat of that stunning collapse. Roma loanee Alessandro Florenzi returned to training with Neymar after recovering from a similar problem with his colleague. He may also be available for selection at Parc des Princes on Wednesday. However, PSG will have to do without Juan Bernat and Moise Kean. The former continues his rehabilitation program after knee surgery, and the latter remains in quarantine after a positive Covid-19 test.