Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar Jr, has criticised how the club delayed his return from a rib injury.
Speaking after their 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 first leg, Neymar insisted he should have played sooner to improve his physical condition.
The Brazilian superstar returned after a four-match absence for the game, where he scored PSG’s only goal.
“It was not how I imagined to get here. I didn’t play in the last [four] games. It was a PSG decision, by club doctors,” Neymar said after the match.
“I was injured, I had a crack in my rib, but it was nothing to stop me from playing. I was prepared to play against Lyon [on February 9] but they postponed my return. Then they postponed it again and then they postponed it again.
“It was very difficult for me to play a game like that, intense. I think that if I was in better physical condition, I would certainly have a much better game.”
The Ligue 1 champions will be hoping to have Neymar fit for the rest of the season.
The 28-year-old has been injured in the middle of the season for the past two years, with two different metatarsal problems.
Source: News update