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PSG star Neymar admits he and his teammates were ‘afraid’ to pick up injuries on a friendly basis

PSG star Neymar admits he and his teammates were ‘scared’ of injuries in the Waasland-Beveren friendly match with an impending Champions League showdown

  • Neymar has revealed fear of injuries when Paris Saint-Germain returned to action
  • The French giants closed Waasland-Beveren 7-0 in a friendly match
  • PSG is preparing to resume the Champions League campaign
  • Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi all hit the score sheet in the rout

Neymar has admitted he was concerned about injuries when Paris Saint-Germain returned to action in a 7-0 blow from Waasland-Beveren as the Ligue 1 conquerors prepare for Champions League action.

The Brazilian played alongside Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi when all three were targeted in the rout of the Belgian outfit at Parc des Princes on Friday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side is slowly working towards full fitness with the final stages of the Champions League on the horizon. In April, the French domestic season was shortened, leaving PSG with little action in preparation for their quarterfinals against Atalanta.

Neymar has admitted he was concerned about injuries when Paris Saint-Germain returned to action on Friday

Neymar has admitted he was concerned about injuries when Paris Saint-Germain returned to action on Friday

PSG defeated Waasland-Beveren in Belgium in preparation for the Champions League

PSG defeated Waasland-Beveren in Belgium in preparation for the Champions League

PSG defeated Waasland-Beveren in Belgium in preparation for the Champions League

And Neymar said there was a fear among the playing team for injuries in the friendly against the Belgians.

“Yes, we were a little scared,” he told beIN SPORTS. “We’re here for a friendly match, so things like that shouldn’t have happened.

“We are here to prepare, but also to be careful. But we too, we gave them back a bit so there are no problems. ‘

“I was very happy to come back and play at home with some fans. We prepare little by little to get the maximum, then we are in the final [Champions League]. The rest is not very important, “he added.

The French season was shortened in April due to the coronavirus pandemic

The French season was shortened in April due to the coronavirus pandemic

The French season was shortened in April due to the coronavirus pandemic

And Neymar said the players were concerned about injuries sustained in the friendly

And Neymar said the players were concerned about injuries sustained in the friendly

And Neymar said the players were concerned about injuries sustained in the friendly

The 28-year-old had been hampered by injuries for most of 2019, with foot, ankle and hamstring punches sidelining the star striker for long periods. In 2017-18, he missed three months of action after breaking his metatarsal.

Meanwhile, Tuchel has confirmed that Thiago Silva will remain captain of the major French club until the end of the season.

The seasoned defender will leave the club upon expiration of his contract once the campaign has ended, but will be in the lead as they aim to achieve their first Champions League title.

“Thiago Silva will remain captain until the last day on the ground,” said Tuchel after the game. “He’s my captain.”

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