Thomas Tuchel, Thiago Silva Unsure on Severity of Neymar's Injury

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) is substituted by Paris Saint-Germain's Cameroonian forward Eric Choupo-Moting (R) during the French L1 football match Bordeaux vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on December 2, 2018 in Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel and captain Thiago Silva have said they are unsure of the severity of Neymar's injury after the Brazilian limped out of the game against Bordeaux on Sunday.

Neymar scored the first goal of the 2-2 draw but was withdrawn from the game before the hour-mark with what appeared to be a groin issue. He walked straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

The forward recently picked up a groin problem on international duty with Brazil, and Tuchel told Canal+ (h/t Goal) that he believes it may be the same issue.

"I think it's the same injury, but I haven't seen yet," he said. "We have to be careful, He said (before the game) it was not a problem playing today. Hopefully, we will have him back after the Strasbourg game."

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 28: Thomas Tuchel head coach / manager of PSG during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa
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As relayed by Goal, the former Barcelona man said he wasn't at full fitness following PSG's crucial win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Silva said he wasn't aware of how severe the problem was, but he was concerned that it was significant enough to force Neymar out of the contest.

"We don't know if it's serious," said Silva, per Dejan Kalinic of Goal. "But you know the guy, he doesn't like to leave a game so if he does, there has to be something. I don't know what he has. He has to undergo a test and then we'll tell you because you're curious. I think even the doctor isn't sure yet, but you'll know [Monday]."

The injury to Neymar added to a disappointing day for PSG, as they failed to keep their remarkable winning record going in Ligue 1:

While there's little danger of PSG coming up short in their pursuit of domestic glory after such a stunning start to the campaign—they are 14 points clear of Montpellier in second—there will be some nervousness regarding Neymar being ready for the upcoming key UEFA Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade.

PSG travel to Serbia on December 11 knowing a win would secure their spot in the knockout stages of the competition, although a defeat would potentially see them overhauled by Napoli or Liverpool.

Their chances would be enhanced with Neymar in the side, as he's the team's key attacker:

PSG do have talent in abundance in the final third, with Kylian Mbappe—also on the scoresheet on Sunday—and Edinson Cavani among European football's most potent forward players.

Tuchel will at least know there's no pressure to rush Neymar back into the side, as their position is such a strong one in the French top flight. With that in mind, it would be a shock if he wasn't ready for the key showdown in Serbia.

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