Neymar injury offers Di Maria and co chance to step forward for PSG | Football News
PARIS: Whereas Neymar’s premature harm is a large blow to Paris Saint-Germain, it does characterize a golden alternative for Angel di Maria and different members of their expensively assembled squad.
Not solely will Neymar miss PSG’s Champions League final 16, second leg towards Actual Madrid subsequent week, however the world’s most costly participant won’t function for his membership once more this season, with the physician who will function on his fractured foot in Brazil saying he might be out for 3 months.
Which means it’s with out their 222 million-euro ($264m) star recruit — who arrived in Brazil on Thursday for surgical procedure on Saturday — that PSG should attempt to overturn a Three-1 first-leg deficit towards Madrid, in addition to safe a clear sweep of the home honours.
Nonetheless, the person more than likely to instantly profit is Di Maria, himself feted because the participant to show PSG into real Champions League contenders when signed from Manchester United for 63 million euros in 2015.
The Argentine might not be a primary decide for coach Unai Emery anymore, however he has nonetheless most likely been their finest participant in 2018, cashing in on each time Neymar, Kylian Mbappe or Edinson Cavani have been absent.
A double in Wednesday’s Three-Zero win over Marseille within the French Cup quarter-finals means Di Maria has now scored 12 occasions in 2018 in 13 begins.
“He had been missing somewhat little bit of confidence, however he’s a participant who can change a match at any second,” stated Marco Verratti of the previous Actual Madrid winger.
“He isn’t somebody who we’re simply discovering. He has carried out plenty of nice issues in his profession.”
PSG go to struggling Troyes this weekend, and with a 14-point lead over Monaco on the prime of Ligue 1, Emery should be tempted to wrap his gamers in cotton wool earlier than the Actual recreation.
“We are going to miss Neymar, however the staff is making ready to do with out him,” stated Emery, who noticed Mbappe come off at half-time towards Marseille.
“He took a kick on the ankle and requested to not play the second half. However I do not assume it is too critical.”
Others who might have an essential position in upcoming video games are Javier Pastore and Julian Draxler, underused of late however who value a mixed 80 million euros.
In the meantime, the return of Thiago Motta offers a lift to Emery, with the veteran Italian midfielder proving his health in a powerful 74 minutes on the sector towards Marseille in midweek.
He missed the primary leg towards Actual altogether, however even at 35 he stays the person who makes PSG tick.
Whereas the sensible Bernardo Silva left champions Monaco for Manchester Metropolis final yr, his compatriot Rony Lopes has taken the other route.
Now 22, the Portuguese attacking midfielder was at Metropolis earlier than being offered to Monaco in 2015. After spending final season on mortgage at Lille, he returned to the principality as a substitute for Silva, and is having fun with a effective marketing campaign.
Usually troubled by harm prior to now, Lopes has scored 5 occasions in Monaco’s final six league video games, together with a brace in final week’s Three-Three draw at Toulouse. Leonardo Jardim’s facet are unbeaten in 12 league outings and sit second within the desk.
“I’m taking part in near my finest in the mean time, however I do know that I can get higher nonetheless,” Lopes stated forward of Friday’s conflict with Bordeaux.
His coach added: “This yr he’s progressing, he has extra confidence and he’s virtually by no means injured, so I’m happy for him.”
Fixtures (all GMT)
Good v Lille (1800), Monaco v Bordeaux (1945)
Troyes v Paris Saint-Germain (1600), Amiens v Rennes, Angers v Guingamp, Metz v Toulouse, Saint-Etienne v Dijon (all 1900)
Caen v Strasbourg (1400), Montpellier v Lyon (1600), Marseille v Nantes (2000)