Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists that no decision has yet been taken over whether Neymar will have a foot operation amid reports that the Brazil worldwide could miss three months.
"We're optimistic. For his participation in the match against Real, if I had to say yes or no, I would say yes".
"I do not like to see players get injured, I have never wished for any player to get injured".
"I'm not happy with the Neymar injury and I hope he can be back for the game". He is always the first one to want to play in every match. PSG are yet to determine the duration of Neymar's absence from Emery's side.
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The chances of Neymar returning to fitness in time to face the reigning European champions now appear extremely slim.
"The reports Neymar will undergo surgery are totally false", Emery told a press conference, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.
There are even fears that the talented Brazilian attacker will have a race against time to be ready for the World Cup in Russian Federation in June. "Until Paris Saint-Germain decides on his future in terms of training or so on we will continue to wait".
The 26-year-old, who suffered a fractured foot against Marseille in Le Classique on Sunday, has plundered 28 goals in 30 appearances this season and Cafu believes the opportunity to illuminate his talent away from Barca icons led to his exit. The proof is that here today we talked more about Ligue 1 than about other leagues.
Real will feel more confident about their chances at holding the hosts at bay next Tuesday if Neymar isn't on the teamsheet, although they had to rely on two goals in the last 10 minutes to edge a 3-1 first-leg win.