Neymar faces race against time to return for Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid

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The eyes of Europe will be on the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain‘s UEFA Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid next Tuesday night, yet Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to be able to field his first-choice front three, as Neymar is still recovering from an injury.

Pictures began to emerge of Neymar’s return to training this week, and the Brazilian midfielder has reportedly been in good spirits with his teammates.

However, Marca’s report has announced that Neymar will not be taking part in PSG’s Ligue 1 match at home against Rennes on Friday night.

The chances of the 30-year-old starting to face Real Madrid a few days later are slim, especially as he has not played at all since injuring his ankle last November.

In excellent condition, Neymar will be able to take the place on the bench.

Sergio Ramos is another player with a hamstring injury and looks set to miss out on a move to Real Madrid, his former club. Instead the goal is for him to return early to play in the second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Pochettino is also looking into the situation of Angel Di Maria, who is not expected to play against Rennes on Friday after suffering a slight hamstring injury against Lille last Sunday.

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