Paris St Germain forward Neymar was expected to return in January after injuring the Football News ankle

Neymar is likely to return to Paris St Germain in January after suffering an ankle injury against Olympique Lyonnais last weekend.

Brazilian footballer Neymar, who previously suffered serious foot injuries in 2018 and 2019, was seen crying as he was taken off a climber following an attack by Thiago Mendes at Lyon, which was just shown red for the challenge.

“After the sprain to his left ankle, the bone is slightly bruised and he is still receiving treatment at the training ground,” PSG said in a statement. “He is expected to return in January.”

The news means Neymar should get past it in time for the first leg of PSG’s Champions League 16 final against his former club Barcelona in February.

However, he will miss the clash at the top of the table on Sunday against Lille with the Ligue 1 champions already without Pablo Sarabia, Mauro Icardi, Abdou Diallo, Juan Bernat and Danilo Pereira.

Lille leads the board one point ahead of PSG with head coach Thomas Tuchel believing famine and injury are coming from the tight end that is affecting the big clubs across Europe. .

“After major tournaments like the World Cup or Champions League there is a general feeling of fatness,” Tuchel said.

“This is the truth. I’m not saying we can’t play a good game, it’s definitely possible. But overall it’s more challenging than usual.

“Playing without the fans, without the energy they can give us, will be harder. It’s not impossible, but harder.”