- Barcelona can heave a sigh of relief as Neymar will not be facing them on Tuesday, March 10
- The Brazilian is currently recuperating from the injury he picked up last month
- PSG boss Pochettino has now confirmed that the winger will be rested for the game
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The world's most expensive football star Neymar has been ruled out of Paris Saint Germain's Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at the Parc Des Princes this week.
The Brazilian forward missed the reverse fixture which resulted in a 4-1 triumph for the Parisians at Camp Nou in mid-February.
However, with an advantageous result from the first leg, PSG will allow the attacker to continue his recovery.
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Neymar has been out of action since he picked up an adductor injury during his side's 1-0 Cup win over Caen on February 10.
Goal reports that the former Santos star is back in training but will not be a part of Mauricio Pochettino's squad for Barcelona.
“Sergio Rico is not participating in training this morning for personal reasons.
“Neymar JR resumed partial training with the squad last week and will continue his individual recovery work. A new assessment will be made in the coming days.
“Juan Bernat continues his rehabilitation and his personal recovery. Moise Kean is still in isolation due to Covid-19.”
Since suffering an injury setback, the Parisians have all six games they played without their top star but remain two points behind Lille on the Ligue 1 table after 28 matches.
They have fared admirably in those contests, emerging victorious in five and suffering a solitary setback against Monaco.
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Although Pochettino finds himself at a vantage position against Barcelona ahead of their second leg clash, he must however do all he can to avoid a repeat of the 2015 dramatic comeback.
PSG were up by four goals in the first leg, but the Catalans with the help of Neymar scored six goals and went ahead to progress 6-5 on aggregate after both legs.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Mauricio Pochettion could be plotting a move for Man United shot-stopper David de Gea ahead of the summer window.
The 31-year-old has been admired by Paris Saint-Germain in the past and the emergence of Dean Henderson could change who becomes number one in between the sticks.
Henderson has been tipped to become De Gea's successor who has spent more than a decade at the Theatre of Dreams.
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