Neymar left out of PSG squad to face Rennes with foot injury

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Neymar left out of PSG squad to face Rennes with foot injury but coach Thomas Tuchel hints the Brazilian could stay despite interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid

  • Neymar has not been included in the PSG squad to face Rennes on Sunday night
  • But manager Thomas Tuchel put it down to a foot injury and not a transfer deal
  • Brazilian star returned to training at PSG but couldn’t prove his match fitness
  • It comes amid speculation he will move to Barcelona or Real Madrid
  • But Tuchel says that Neymar will be staying with them if no deal can be done 

Neymar has been left out of the Paris Saint-Germain squad to face Rennes on Sunday evening – but not because he is poised to leave the club.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said the Brazilian star will not make the trip because he still isn’t fully match fit following a foot injury.

Neymar, who has been strongly linked with former club Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer, could yet stay with the French champions, according to Tuchel.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel welcomed Neymar with open arms amid transfer speculation

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel welcomed Neymar with open arms amid transfer speculation 

Neymar trains with World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe but will miss Sunday's game with Rennes

Neymar trains with World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe but will miss Sunday’s game with Rennes

‘If there is no solution for him, he stays,’ said the German coach ahead of Sunday’s match. ‘Neymar is my player and when I think of a strong team, I include him.

‘He is sensitive, so I will always protect him. I want to see him play at his best level in the 90 minutes, with aggressiveness and a lot of dribbling.’

The 28-year-old is back in training with PSG but it soon became apparent he won’t be able to feature in matches for another week or two.

‘He has been with the group, but at the end of the session, he has trained individually,’ confirmed Tuchel.

‘He is not yet recovered from his injury and there has not been included in the squad.’

Neymar is still struggling with a foot problem and will miss PSG's trip to Rennes on Sunday

Neymar is still struggling with a foot problem and will miss PSG’s trip to Rennes on Sunday

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Neymar will remain in Paris if a deal can't be done

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Neymar will remain in Paris if a deal can’t be done

Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bayern Munich has ended the possibility of Barcelona using him as a makeweight in a deal to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.

PSG remain open to a deal but won’t let the player, whom they signed just two years ago for a world record £198million fee, leave cheaply.

If Neymar was to remain at the Parc des Princes after the European transfer window closes on September 2, he is likely to face the ire of the supporters.

PSG fans held up derogatory banners about him at last weekend’s game against Nimes. 

Paris Saint-Germain fans unfurled banners demanding Neymar leave their club last week

Paris Saint-Germain fans unfurled banners demanding Neymar leave their club last week

PSG still rate Neymar at the £198m fee that they paid to sign him from Barcelona in 2017

PSG still rate Neymar at the £198m fee that they paid to sign him from Barcelona in 2017

 

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