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Neymar has missed half of PSG's matches through injury, suspension since €222m move

Craig Burley explains why a plethora of injuries is only one reason Neymar's time at PSG has been a failure.
Frank Leboeuf is not concerned about Neymar's latest injury having a negative impact on PSG's season.
Alejandro Moreno says Kylian Mbappe can learn from Neymar about the Real Madrid transfer speculation.
Gab Marcotti looks at how PSG will be impacted by Neymar's injury he picked up playing for Brazil.
Steve Nicol explains why Neymar isn't one of Brazil's top five players of all time following his 100th cap.

Neymar did not play in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Club Brugge, meaning he has missed half of their matches through injury or suspension since his world record €222 million move from Barcelona in 2017.

The Brazil international, who was due to return from Champions League suspension against Club Brugge in the Champions League after his ban for an outburst towards match officials during the round of 16 home defeat to Manchester United last season was shortened, was injured representing his country and will be out for up to a month.

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This latest setback means Neymar missed the clash in Belgium -- with PSG won 5-0 -- and has therefore been unable to play in 63 of 126 games across all competitions -- half of their fixtures over his two-year spell at Parc des Princes.

Eight of the 63 matches missed by the 27-year-old have been through suspension, but the large majority (53) of the rest have been injury or fitness-related.

PSG beat Amiens 2-0 in the opening round of Ligue 1 fixtures in 2017-18 and while Neymar had been signed, his registration was not completed in time for him to play.

Also, coach Thomas Tuchel said ahead of this season's 4-0 home win over Toulouse and 2-0 away victory over Metz towards the end of August that Neymar was fit enough to play but would not feature as his future was then not clear.

Neymar's two main spells out of action both came in winter, with a fractured metatarsal in his right foot the lengthiest -- it ended his debut campaign in February of 2018 and made preparation for the 2018 World Cup difficult.

The second, suffered in January of 2019, kept him out until late April and ended with him missing this summer's Copa America success on home soil after he suffered an injury in a pre-tournament friendly.

Neymar's regular absences have contributed towards him having failed to make the cut for this year's Ballon d'Or, while teammates Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos were included in the 30-man shortlist.

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