It’s happened again.
For the second straight season, Neymar has reportedly fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. On Wednesday, January 30th, it was reported he’ll be out for 10 weeks and miss the Champions League Round of 16 match-up against Manchester United.
How’d It Happen?
Neymar left last week’s Coupe de France Round of 32 win over Strasbourg in tears. He’s been subject to more physical play from defenders. His reaction to this physicality was a source of ridicule over the summer during the World Cup, and some believe his showboating style causes him to be a target.
What Does This Mean for PSG?
For domestic league play, Paris Saint-Germain has nothing to worry about. They play in Ligue Un. They could lose 75% of their squad and still coast to a title.
For PSG (or more specifically, their ownership and fans), it’s all about the Champions League.
Before the injury, PSG’s was tied with Liverpool at +750 with the fourth best Champions League odds.
While their futures haven’t shifted yet, they have seen a change in their Champions League Round of 16 odds against Manchester United. For Leg 1, Manchester United was +160 at Old Trafford to PSG’s +160. After news broke that Neymar would for sure miss that fixture, United has moved to +150 and PSG to +170. A small shift…for now.
If you like United at home, grab the +150. The odds will continue to move if the Red Devils recent form continues and PSG clearly miss their talented Brazilian playmaker. United’s backline issues become less of a concern without Neymar’s creativity and skill on the pitch to break them down.