Neymar joins Messi, Beckham and others in curse of the metatarsal

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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar will reportedly miss the second leg of his side's UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against Real Madrid next Tuesday due to an ankle injury.

The French coach downplayed the overall importance of Neymar's possible absence in the upcoming Champions League match, in which PSG will try to rally back after their 3-1 defeat in the first leg.

The Brazilian superstar was stretchered off in anguish towards the end of PSG's 3-0 victory over their great rivals at the Parc des Princes, having innocuously rolled his right ankle and flopped to the ground in pain.

"We showed that it's a very special match for us and we got an excellent result", Emery said.

'We're going to do some extra medical tests.

That could mean Neymar missing most of the rest of the Ligue 1 season and returning to fitness just a few weeks ahead of the summer's World Cup, which starts on June 14.

Neymar was hurt during PSG's win over Marseille on Sunday, with the Brazilian forced off on a stretcher.

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He posted a picture on Instagram on Monday showing his right ankle strapped and with a protective splint, with the caption "08:10 Finished for today".

He said in his post-match press conference: "If today I had to say yes or no to be fit against Real, I want to say "yes".

"It is no joy at all, I do not like when players get injured and I am not happy with Neymar's injury".

Neymar has joined a long list of famous footballers to have been sidelined during their careers by a metatarsal injury.

But Real coach Zinedine Zidane is taking no pleasure from the news of Neymar's injury.

Neymar is yet to be officially ruled out of the tie and PSG manager Unai Emery expressed hope his star player would be available when speaking after Sunday's game.