Mauricio Pochettino’s worst fears confirmed as PSG suffer Neymar injury blow

Neymar will play no part in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona.

The Brazil superstar suffered an injury during PSG's 1-0 Coupe de France victory at Caen on Wednesday and was substituted on the hour mark.

Scans have shown Neymar has sustained a grade two groin tear, as first reported by French outlet L'Equipe , meaning he is facing up to one month on the sidelines.

The news comes as a major blow to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose side travel to Barcelona on Tuesday.

Neymar has been in fine form this season with six goals and four assists in 11 Ligue 1 games.

His performances in the Champions League group stages were particularly impressive and he picked up six goals in five games, including a double in the 3-1 win at Manchester United.

But there are mounting concerns over Neymar's fitness issues, as he has already missed large chunks of the season with ankle and abductor issues.

Pochettino was unsure over the extent of the injury as he spoke after the victory at Caen, telling Eurosport : "We'll see tomorrow with the doctor.

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"At the moment it’s difficult to say. Can he be there next week? I need more time and more info to find out."

Now the injury has been confirmed as a substantial one, Pochettino will feel even more aggrieved about what he sees as a "lack of protection" for Neymar by French referees.

He added: "I don't want to take it out on the way the opponent played and the way [Neymar] played his game.

"But I just have the feeling that sometimes there is a lack of protection during matches from refereeing. But it's just a feeling."

Neymar was unable to continue against Caen after he was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle early in the second half.

The former Barcelona man picked up the assist for Moise Keane's winner as PSG progressed to the last 32 of the Coupe de France.

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