How Long Will Neymar Be Out? PSG Star Stretchered Off With Ankle Injury

Unai Emery has eased fears over whether Neymar Jr. will be fit enough to face Real Madrid next week or even miss the World Cup this summer after he was stretchered off with an ankle injury.

The world's most expensive player was stretchered off eight minutes from time in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 victory over Marseille on Sunday (February 25) at the Parc des Princes.

Emery said the club suspected the Brazilian forward had suffered a twisted ankle and he would undergo scans on Monday, but the Spanish coach was optimistic.

"The injury to Neymar was the only negative. We hope it's nothing serious, but we have to wait for further medical exams," Emery said.

The Ligue 1 runaway leaders face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on March 6, having lost the first leg in the Spanish capital 3-1.

"We must be patient but if I had to say something today then I would say yes, he will play," Emery said of Neymar's recovery.

PSG's win, meanwhile, stretches their lead at the top of the table to 14 points as they stroll toward the French title, while Marseille are left in third, two points behind Monaco.

Olympique Lyonnais were denied their first Ligue 1 win in over a month when St Etienne's Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-gasp goal to secure a 1-1 away draw in France's hottest derby.

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Neymar Jr at Parc des Princes, Paris, France, February 25. Neymar is expected to be fit to face Real Madrid on March 6. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty

In Paris, Mbappe scored his first league goal since last month when he dribbled past Rolando and found the back of the net with a low cross-shot in the 10th minute.

Rolando had more trouble in the 28th as he deflected Neymar's attempt into his own goal.

Marseille failed to threaten and PSG's Ligue 1 top scorer Cavani added a third for his 24th goal of the season with a shot on the turn from Neymar's cross 11 minutes into the second half.

It was the 13th time Neymar had set up a goal in Ligue 1 this season, beating his previous best of 12 assists in a league season with Barcelona in 2015-16.

Marseille have not won in Ligue 1 at the Parc des Princes since Qatar Sports Investments took charge of the Paris club in 2011.

In Lyon, French international Debuchy struck one minute into stoppage time to cancel out Mariano Diaz's first-half opener.

The win left Lyon, who are now on a five-match winless streak, in fourth place with 50 points with St Etienne 12th on 34 points.

Lyon scored after 20 minutes when Diaz volleyed home from close range but they ran out of steam and St Etienne, without a shot on target in the first half, came back into the game.

Debuchy found the back of the net when he latched onto Remi Cabella's cross to secure a point for the visitors.