Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has admitted he is concerned at how the French club will cope without their talismanic forward, Neymar.
Neymar will miss both of PSG’s upcoming Champions League games against Manchester United after picking up a foot injury last month.
The broken metatarsal is set to keep Neymar out until April and, ahead of Tuesday night’s blockbuster game at Old Trafford, Buffon said PSG could struggle without him.
“I think this is a problem for us,” Buffon told CNN Sport.
“I’m not sure if it’s a big problem or a little one. I hope it’s only a small problem and that we nevertheless as a team thrive without him.
“This would give us great strength and confidence. But I must say that without a player of Neymar’s calibre, it’s going to be heavy going.
“Particularly because in the last two or three months he’s been in excellent condition – both physically and mentally – and he would have been of enormous help.
“Nevertheless, we have to do our best in order not to have any regrets and play the quarter-finals and semi-finals with Neymar back.
“And this would be the best present we could give to him. I’m sure he would return the favour by playing in those two matches.”
Striker Edinson Cavani and defender Thomas Meunier are also out of the first leg for PSG but Marco Verratti is fit after recovering from an ankle problem.
The want-away Adrien Rabiot is out of favour and he hasn’t travelled to Manchester despite PSG’s lack of depth in midfield.
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