Paris-St-Germain striker Neymar will be out for about two months and half with a broken metatarsal, he will miss both legs of the club’s Champions League tie against Manchester United.
The 26-year old Brazil forward, the world’s most expensive player was injured in the 2-nil victory over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France last week.
PSG will face Manchester United in Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on 12 February, with the return leg in France on 6 March.
In a statement released by the club website: “On Tuesday evening Paris St-Germain gathered together a group of world-renowned medical experts at the Ooredoo Training Centre to carry out a thorough review of the injury to Neymar Jr.’s right foot, sustained against Strasbourg in the Coupe de France round-of-16 match on January 23rd”
“After detailed analysis by the specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar Jr.’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal.”
They also said that Neymar “agreed” with the decision and “is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks”.
The club added: “Paris St-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown.”
Neymar damaged the same foot towards the end of last season and battled to be fit for Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Russia, where he looked short of fitness during the group stages.