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Neymar out for 10 weeks with foot injury

By Alex Butler
Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain was injured during a 2-0 win against Strasbourg on Jan. 23. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA-EFE
Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain was injured during a 2-0 win against Strasbourg on Jan. 23. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA-EFE

Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. will miss 10 weeks of action due to a foot injury.

Paris Saint-Germain announced the star's status Wednesday. Neymar went down with the injury during PSG's 2-0 win against Strasbourg on Jan. 23 at the French Cup.

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The injury timeline means that PSG will play without Neymar against Manchester United in the Champions League on Feb. 12 and March 6, as well as during several Ligue 1 clashes.

PSG gathered medical experts to conduct a thorough review of Neymar's right foot Tuesday at the Ooredoo Training Center.

"After detailed analysis by the specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar Jr.'s injury to the fifth right metatarsal," the club said in a news release. "Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar Jr. is expected to return to the field within ten weeks."

"Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown."

PSG faces Lyon in Ligue 1 play at 3 p.m. Sunday in Lyon, France.

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