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‘Injured’ Neymar celebrates 27th birthday with ‘red’ crutches

Neymar, who suffered an injury in PSG's French Cup fixture against RC Strasbourg celebrates his 27th birthday on Tuesday.

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Neymar suffered an injury in PSG’s French Cup fixture. (Source: AP)

PSG star football Neymar celebrated his 27th birthday on Tuesday on crutches. The Brazilian footballer suffered a fracture in the fifth right metatarsal in his foot last week during a French Cup fixture against RC Strasbourg. The injury, which is similar to the injury he suffered last year prior to the World Cup, will see him miss at least 10 weeks of football.

According to a report by news agency AFP, the footballer refused to let the recent setback deter his morale and celebrated his birthday at a glittering party in Paris on Monday evening along with his family, PSG teammates and a few celebrities. Among the 200 guests, DJ Bob Sinclair, Brazilian singer Wesley Safadao and world surf champion Gabriel Medina made it to the Pavillon Gabriel near the Champs-Elysees.

At the event, Neymar was seen greeting the guests leaning on red crutches, which kept with the color theme for the “Nuit Rouge (Red Night)”.

Speaking at the event, a tearful Neymar said that he feels he hopes he could wish for a new metatarsal. “What I wanted the most as a birthday present today is a new metatarsal so I could be on the field fighting and doing what I love the most, which is playing soccer,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

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He further added that he was on the verge of cancelling the birthday celebration due to injury. “It’s been very hard to be on crutches all this time. Every athlete knows how hard that is. They are giving me all the strength possible to help me return as soon as possible,” he said.

Among his club teammates, there were PSG skipper Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The Brazilian international will miss the upcoming Champions League clash against Manchester United next week.

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There were fears that he could miss the remainder of the season due to the injury, but the club has confirmed that Neymar will undergo a “conservative treatment” and will be able to return around mid-April after missing out 12 games for the club.