Neymar has revealed Paris Saint-Germain have been too afraid to play him in recent weeks, despite the attacker wanting to get back on to the pitch.
The 28-year-old wasn’t selected for PSG’s past three Ligue 1 matches due to injury and was a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 clash agaisnt Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Neymar did however start that match and despite himself scoring in the second half, couldn’t help his side avoid a 2-1 first-leg defeat .
Having impressed on his return to action, the Brazilian declared that he’s been ready to play for awhile but PSG have prefered to keep him on the sidelines.
“It was not my choice not to play the last matches. I wanted to play, I felt good,” Neymar said post-match.
“The club was afraid and it is I who suffer from it.”
It’s been an injury-interrupted season so far for Neymar with a hamstring injury in October also seeing him miss six matches.
The Brazilian’s return to full fitness is however timely as PSG look to avoid another round of 16 exit in the Champions League.
Set to host Dortmund in Paris next month, Marquinhos has called on his side to seize the initiative in the second leg.
On the other hand
Liverpool fell to a disappointing defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.
The Reds were back at the scene of last year’s final success, the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, as they faced Atletico in their knockout clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders went behind in the fourth minute. The Reds failed to clear a corner and Saul Niguez was on hand to tap home from close range.
And the English visitors were almost caught out when a Virgil van Dijk mistake allowed Alvaro Morata in, but Alisson saved the striker’s low shot before Liverpool grew into the game
However visitors piled the pressure on in the second half but were unable to find a much-needed away goal and now have it all to do at Anfield in their bid to retain their European crown.