Crocked Neymar leaps up in celebration as PSG score at Man Utd while Brazilian fights to be fit for second leg

By | 14th February 2019

NEYMAR may have missed the Champions League win against Manchester United on Tuesday night – but his celebrations more than made up for it.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, 27, was filmed watching the game on TV and did not hold back when Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored.

Neymar watched the Paris Saint-Germain game against Manchester United on TV
Neymar watched the Paris Saint-Germain game against Manchester United on TV
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The star missed the game due to his metatarsal injury suffered in the Coupe de France last month
The star missed the game due to his metatarsal injury suffered in the Coupe de France last month
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He celebrated wildly when Presnel Kimpembe volleyed home the opening goal
He celebrated wildly when Presnel Kimpembe volleyed home the opening goal
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Despite his metatarsal injury keeping him out of the game, Neymar jumped around wildly as he hugged his friends while PSG earned a crucial 2-0 win.

He was careful to limp somewhat while leaping off the sofa and the video, shared by OTRO.com, even included a clip of the Brazilian star having cream rubbed on to his damaged foot.

But when Mbappe grabbed PSG’s second of the night, Neymar – in a replica shirt with his name and number on the back – celebrated with the Frenchman’s trademark, arms-crossed celebration.

Neymar suffered the injury in a challenge against Strasbourg in the Coupe de France last month.

The star limped a little when he jumped up off the sofa to protect his foot
The star limped a little when he jumped up off the sofa to protect his foot
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The video even had a clip showing someone rubbing cream into the damaged foot as he continues his recovery
The video even had a clip showing someone rubbing cream into the damaged foot as he continues his recovery
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Neymar has been criticised in the past for not caring about PSG but the evidence from the video suggests otherwise
Neymar has been criticised in the past for not caring about PSG but the evidence from the video suggests otherwise
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The Brazilian superstar celebrated with his strike partner Kylian Mbappe's signature move when the Frenchman made it 2-0
The Brazilian superstar celebrated with his strike partner Kylian Mbappe’s signature move when the Frenchman made it 2-0
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PSG have a better record, unsurprisingly, when Neymar is in the side but they were not left ruing his absence on Tuesday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side scored twice within seven second-half minutes to take a two-goal advantage back to the Parc des Princes on March 6.

However, potentially the fact that Paul Pogba was sent off in the final minutes could prove to be the best news for the French champions.

Now they have secured a lead in the tie, Tuchel may be less inclined to rush Neymar back into the team for the second leg.

Neymar is unlikely to be back for the second leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6
Neymar is unlikely to be back for the second leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6
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There was plenty of Twitter reaction to Neymar's exuberant celebrations
There was plenty of Twitter reaction to Neymar’s exuberant celebrations
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Some fans were quick to point out that Neymar missed the game through injury
Some fans were quick to point out that Neymar missed the game through injury
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One person tried to put to bed any suggestions Neymar and Mbappe do not get on
One person tried to put to bed any suggestions Neymar and Mbappe do not get on
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Initially, he was expected to be out for ten weeks – until April – but his return may be brought forward, especially on the basis of Tuesday’s celebrations.

It is unlikely that he will start the game, which PSG know they can afford to lose by one goal.

But he may be named on the bench in case PSG need a goal to wrap up the tie.

This post written by Joshua Jones originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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