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28 Nov, 2021 14:50

Ago-Ney: World’s most expensive footballer carried out on stretcher with grim injury (VIDEO)

Ago-Ney: World’s most expensive footballer carried out on stretcher with grim injury (VIDEO)

Lionel Messi provided a hat-trick of assists as Paris Saint-Germain won on Sunday – but the game was marred by a horror injury to Neymar that left viewers reeling.

Bottom side St-Etienne took a shock lead against the Champions League giants on Sunday when Denis Bouanga gave the hosts a 27th-minute lead in Ligue 1.

The match turned swiftly after St-Etienne defender Timothee Kolodziejczak was sent off in the 45th minute, giving PSG just enough time to equalize through Marquinhos before the break.

Messi set up second-half goals by Angel di Maria and Marquinhos as Paris sealed victory, although their celebrations were dampened by a gruesome late twist.

Racing for a ball with Yvann Macon, their $251 million forward grimaced as his left ankle caught in the turf at the Geoffroy Stadium, bending at an agonizing angle.

That left Neymar writhing in agony and clutching his face before he was forced off on a stretcher.

"Ankle ligaments is an extremely painful injury, so I don't know about him being fine," speculated one supporter as others tried to offer reassurance, while some even suggested that the 29-year-old's season could be over already.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted that he is "very worried" about the injury.

"We'll check it out tomorrow," he said after watching his side recover from their 2-1 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League on a day when Spain legend Sergio Ramos also made his long-awaited PSG debut.

"Right now, he's feeling the pain from the twist in his ankle. He's going to take exams tomorrow to find out more. But we hope it's not too serious and that he'll be with us soon."

Neymar looks likely to miss PSG's top-of-the-table clash with Nice on Wednesday, although that may not be a considerable concern given that Les Parisiens are 14 points clear and will be at home.

That is the first of three fixtures in six days for Pochettino's men, who travel to Lens on Saturday and host Belgian team Club Brugge in a Champions League group from which their qualification is guaranteed regardless of the result.

Brazil are not back in action until late January.

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