Neymar will play no part in Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 meeting away to Nantes on Tuesday due to a rib injury, less than 48 hours after celebrating his birthday with an extravagant all-white party.
The Ligue 1 leaders dominated Montpellier 5-0 at home on Saturday to go 12 points clear at the top of the table, when it was suspected Neymar suffered a cartilage injury during his 90-minute outing.
He then celebrated his birthday at Parisian nightclub Yoyo on Sunday evening, and Pete Hall of Eurosport confirmed the injury would see him sidelined in midweek.
Neymar—who doesn’t turn 28 years old until Wednesday—has developed a reputation for sparing little expense when it comes to his annual celebrations, tending to miss some minutes around this time of year.
Hall included quotes from PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, who told a press conference on Monday that the party was “clearly not” the best way for his players to prepare for a match, adding:
"I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white.
"It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated."
PSG team-mates Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria were among those who attended Neymar’s party, while Lyon attacker Memphis Depay was also on the guest list.
The defending champions enter Tuesday’s clash sat 22 points above Nantes (ninth) in the table, with their hosts having lost their last two games in a row, one of which was a 1-0 home defeat to Bordeaux.
Neymar recently tied level with attacking partner Kylian Mbappe and PSG legend Carlos Bianchi as the only players to have successfully scored in eight successive matches for the club.
It’s unclear as to how long the South American star will be sidelined, but Tuchel will hope he can return to have an impact in Sunday’s clash at home to Lyon.