Neymar did not face Dijon on Wednesday, but Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel suggested his $263 million world-record signing will be fit in time for their UEFA Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund.
PSG coasted to victory over Dijon in the Coupe de France quarter-finals on Wedneday, but Neymar didn't return to the lineup after missing his team’s last two fixtures due to a bruised rib.
The French heavyweights are due to travel to the Westfalenstadion for the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup on February 18, but Tuchel told reporters his superstar is under no pressure to come back:
“He doesn’t need playing time in order to be ready vs. Dortmund. He should play when he is ready to play. We have to calculate the risk… There is another possibility to play against Amiens (on Saturday). He is injured, we have to be patient.”
Neymar, 28, sat out recent league wins over Nantes and Lyon, with PSG maintaining their 12-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit despite missing their most expensive centrepiece.
The Seleçao talisman is thought to have suffered his injury during the 5-0 win over Montpellier on February 1, which fell one day before his extravagant 28th birthday celebrations at Parisian nightclub Yoyo.
PSG have exited the Champions League round of 16 in each of the past three seasons, with the defending Ligue 1 titleholders desperate to at least progress past that point this term.
Dortmund look like an entirely more dangerous prospect following the fast start winter signing Erling Haaland has enjoyed, though it’s a boost for Tuchel & Co. that Marco Reus will be injured.