Neymar returns to Brazil amidst coronavirus outbreak
Neymar has returned to Brazil amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Sascha Steinbach/Shutterstock.

Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Thiago Silva have returned to their native Brazil amid concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Jonathan Johnson and Julien Laurens of ESPN FC reported the South American pair flew home before France went into lockdown on Tuesday, after which they would have been prevented from leaving the country. Fellow Brazil international Marquinhos opted to remain in Paris with his family despite the outbreak.

French health agency director Jerome Salomon said at a media briefing that the country had recorded 89 new deaths on Wednesday, almost a 51 percent rise on its overall total to 264.

PSG’s players are under individual training regimens while they follow self-isolation protocols, and it’s as of yet uncertain as to when full training will resume with the first-team squad.

Ligue 1 organisers confirmed the top two flights of French football were suspended until further notice on Friday, joining the rest of Europe’s major leagues in postponing all competitions.

The league leaders have given their players personal training programmes to follow during the suspension, which includes 40 minutes of running, 10 minutes working with weights, as well as warm-up and warm-down portions.

It’s uncertain what the Ligue 1 landscape will look like when players are able to return to play, with PSG leading by 12 points—boasting one game in hand—when fixtures were postponed.

Silva, 35, faces a particularly uncertain fate at the Parc des Princes with his contract poised to expire in June, though it looks likely he’ll at least be able to finish what could be his last season after Euro 2020 was postponed by 12 months.