Thomas Tuchel: PSG to Be 'Patient and Careful' with Neymar After Injury

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2020

PSG's Neymar reacts during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Montpellier at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Thomas Tuchel has said Paris Saint-Germain will take a cautious approach to Neymar's fitness, with the Brazil international recovering from a rib injury.

According to Chris Myson of Goal, the PSG coach told a press conference on Tuesday the superstar will not be risked until he's fully fit.

"Neymar is injured, we have to be patient and careful with him," Tuchel said. "We are going to decide [if he can play] after training."

The player suffered the injury against Montpellier on February 1, with PSG set to play Dijon in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.

Neymar had been in tremendous form before his latest knock forced him to miss the Ligue 1 victories over Nantes and Lyon.

The French Cup has reached the quarter-final stage, and Tuchel will hope to field the forward in the latter rounds.

However, with the UEFA Champions League to resume on February 18 against Borussia Dortmund, PSG will give Neymar the necessary time to be ready for the first leg of the round of 16 at Signal Iduna Park.

The prolific striker has scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in Ligue 1 and Europe this term, and his health and availability remain key for PSG as they chase silverware. The club are 12 points clear at the top of the league.

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