There were worrying scenes for Paris Saint-Germain as Neymar was stretchered off with an ankle injury in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Marseille to stretch their Ligue 1 lead to 14 points.
Neymar’s apparent injury in the French Classique comes bare 10 days before the Ligue 1 giants take on Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second-leg where they’ll need to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
The Brazil superstar was on his own when he innocuously rolled his ankle and dropped to the ground in pain, leaving the Parisians plenty to worry about despite their easy win on the night.
“Neymar already had a swollen ankle,” PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Canal+.
“I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think he’ll be available on Wednesday (when PSG face Marseille again in the French Cup). “He has to rest.”
Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s men were at their commanding best against Marseilles as teenager Kylian Mbappe became the youngest scorer in the Classique when he cut in and dragged a low shot inside Yohann Pele’s near post.
Neymar’s poked shot off Adrien Rabiot’s cutback was diverted into goal by Brazilian centre-back Rolando, and the game was settled 10 minutes into the second half when Neymar picked out Cavani, who evaded marker Rolando with his first touch before rifling in with his right foot.
It was a great weekend for big-spending PSG as Monaco were held 3-3 at Toulouse earlier while Lyon played a 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Saint-Etienne.
Monaco remain second with Marseille third, two points behind, and Lyon a further five adrift.