Paris Saint Germain have revealed that Neymar could return from injury as soon as January having been stretchered off last weekend.
The Brazilian forward suffered what looked like a serious injury against Olympique Lyonnais last time out, with Thiago Mendes crunching in with a tackle, a challenge that saw him awarded a red card.
Neymar was removed from the field in tears but the Ligue 1 club have allayed fears over a long-term injury, stating that he could return as soon as next month.
A club statement on Saturday read: “Following the sprain to his left ankle, there is some bruising to the bone and he continues to undergo treatment at the training ground. He is expected to make his return in January.”
Neymar’s absence means that he will miss league games against Lille, Strasbourg and likely Saint-Etienne. He could be back in action in time though for PSG’s Trophee des Champions clash against Marseille in mid-January.
He is also likely to be fit enough for his reunion with former club Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League in February.
PSG’s first match without Neymar against Lille takes place on Sunday evening. Kylian Mbappe is the favourite to score the first goal in his absence and can be backed at odds of 16/5 with Betfair to do just that.