PSG beat Troyes, Neymar operation 'successful'
By D. Crossan
Angel Di Maria and Christopher Nkunku scored the goals as PSG won 2-0 at Troyes. During the game the club released a statement confirming Neymar had undergone successful surgery in Brazil.
While understrength PSG were professional as they saw off relegation-threatened opposition, thoughts inevitably turned to the wellbeing of Neymar, the world's most expensive player. PSG released a statement confirming the Brazilian international will be absent for an extended period of time.
PSG Neymar statement in full
It read: "Neymar Jr underwent surgery today at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte. The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful. The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist. Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks' time to establish a possible date for his return to training."
Neymar was able to watch his team-mates win at Troyes on TV as he started his recovery and while it was far less flamboyant than the 9-0 success here two years ago that sealed the title with eight games to spare, the result restored PSG's 14-point advantage over Monaco at the top.
Zelazny stars in first half, PSG class tells in the end
Troyes began well against a side missing the injured Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Marquinhos as well as the rested Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore. PSG still had plenty of talent out there and Erwin Zelazny was Troyes' star, saving from Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (twice) and Nkunku to ensure it was goalless at half-time.
Two minutes after the restart, in driving rain, Troyes conceded a poor goal from their point of view, twice spurning chances to clear their lines. Julian Draxler slipped it through for Di Maria and the Argentinian lifted the ball over the advancing Zelazny.
Nkunku made the points safe 13 minutes from time with Troyes complaining the scorer was offside and that the hosts should have had a free-kick for a Thomas Meunier foul before sub Dani Alves crossed for Nkunku to convert, marking his first league start of the season in style.
Show me the Weah
41-year-old sub Benjamin Nivet drew a good stop from Alphonse Areola at the other end and then at the last 18-year-old Timothy Weah - following in the footsteps of his father George - almost enjoyed a dream debut. Played through, the American substitute couldn't force the ball past Zelazny, who'd narrowed the angle well.
PSG came through with no apparent fresh injury concerns and can now devote their full attention to the required Real Madrid "remontada".
THE PLAYER: Angel Di Maria
The in-form Di Maria backed up his double in the Coupe de France against Olympique de Marseille with another goal here to make it 11 in his last 11 starts in all competitions. Underlining his enhanced status in Neymar's absence, Di Maria was the first PSG player to be subbed and will start on Tuesday against former club Real whereas he didn't even get on in the first leg.
THE STAT: 6
PSG matched the longest winning streak in the top division, set by themselves in August-September 2017, by winning their sixth straight Ligue 1 Conforama game.