Paris Saint-Germain might have eased to a 3-0 victory over Marseille on Sunday, but it was not a positive evening for the Ligue 1 leaders, who saw Neymar carried off in the second half on a stretcher.
The Brazilian, who scored the second before setting up the third for Edinson Cavani, twisted his ankle as he challenged Bouna Sarr in midfield late-on. His right ankle gave out from underneath him and, after significant treatment, he was withdrawn, apparently in a good deal of pain.
PSG were forced to finish the match with 10 players, having already made their three substitutes, and while they did so with some comfort, there are nagging concerns over the health of their star player ahead of a Champions League last-16 second leg with Real Madrid next week.
Before his injury, it was simply a normal week in the life of PSG, who enjoyed a rare midweek off.
Dani Alves, in particular, made the most of it, showing one again that he’s not just talented on the football field; he is an accomplished musician too.
Só a música pode juntar pessoas, sentimentos, histórias boas de vida e te levar a lugares inimagináveis.... obrigado meu Deus pela oportunidade de poder viver momentos incríveis e por juntar pessoas que compartilham esse amor maravilhoso pelo que fazem sem importar com o resultado. Meu mano @rogerflorescantor é um grande prazer te receber na minha casa e poder desfrutar desse vozerão que Deus te deu. #GoodCrazymood
“Only music can bring people together, feelings, good stories of life and take you to unimaginable places .... thanks to for the opportunity to live incredible moments and to join people who share this wonderful love for what they do regardless of the result. To @rogerflorescantor, it is a great pleasure to welcome you in my house and to enjoy the talents that God gave you,” he said.
Meanwhile, teenage striker Kylian Mbappe, who became the youngest scorer in Le Classique on Sunday when he netted after 10 minutes, had enjoyed a cultural experience of his own earlier in the week.
The Parisian forward, who grew up on the outskirts of the city, was invited to the President’s residence at the Elysee Palace in the centre of town.
“An enriching experience,” he told his Instagram followers.
He will, however, be without his partner in crime, Neymar, in midweek, when PSG tackle Marseille in the Coupe de France quarter-finals, yet he appeared content with the outcome of Sunday’s match.
That is a sentiment shared by leading scorer Cavani, who struck his 24th league goal of the season on Sunday night to take him five clear of Neymar in the race for France’s Golden Boot.
“A great night, all united for the same colours,” he said. “Allez Paris!”
Una gran noche, todos unidos por los mismos colores. Allez Paris #PSGOM #Classico Une grande soirée, tous unis sous les mêmes couleurs. Allez Paris #PSGOM #Classico Una grande notte, tutti uniti per gli stessi colori. Allez Paris #PSGOM #Classico Great night, all united under the same colours. Allez Paris #PSGOM #Classico
On Wednesday, the two teams go at it again in the Coupe de France quarter-finals, with Parc des Princes once again the venue.