Paris-Saint Germain have confirmed that Neymar will not have surgery on an injury to the fifth right metatarsal in his foot and is therefore expected to spend up to 10 weeks on the sidelines.

The 26-year-old tricky forward was forced off in tears during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France Round of 16 win over RC Strasbourg last week and it’s now official that he won’t play any part in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Without celebrating the misfortunes of fellow professionals, this music should come as music to the ears of Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and the Manchester United players ahead of their huge tie in February.

In an official club statement, the French champions said:

After detailed analysis by the specialists, a consensus was reached of conservative treatment of Neymar Jr.’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal.

Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar Jr. is expected to return to the field within ten weeks.

The test will still be as tough as they come for United though, with superstars such as Edison Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and the returning Angel di Maria at Thomas Tuchel’s disposal for what should be a hard-fought contest.

Solskjaer’s Red Devils will be vying to avoid a Round of 16 exit for the second consecutive season after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out to Sevilla this time last season, and Neymar’s absence certainly slightly lowers the chances of that happening.