Neymar could MISS a showdown with fierce rival Alvaro Gonzalez – the man who called him ‘trash’
Neymar could MISS a showdown with his fierce rival Alvaro Gonzalez – the man who called him a ‘trash’ and taunted him for being in Pele’s shadow – as the PSG star suffers from gastroenteritis. the day before “Le Classique” against Marseille
- Neymar could miss French equivalent of El Clasico against Marseille on Sunday
- Brazil forward missed training due to gastroenteritis and will be evaluated
- He was about to continue his bitter feud with Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez
Neymar could miss Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with fierce rivals Marseille on Sunday, potentially also missing a meeting with bitter opponent Alvaro Gonzalez.
The star striker has not been able to train due to gastroenteritis and PSG will assess his availability before the trip to Marseille.
His feud with Gonzalez began in September 2020, when the Brazilian was one of five players sent off, for slapping the center-back’s head, in a grumpy 1-0 Marseille victory at Parc des Princes.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar could miss ‘Le Classique’ against Marseille on Sunday
The Brazilian was set to continue his rivalry with Marseille center-back Alvaro Gonzalez (right)
Neymar also accused him of making racist remarks – although an investigation by the French Federation subsequently cleared the Spaniard.
And he refused to apologize for the slap, admitting after the game, “My only regret is that I didn’t hit that hole ** in the face.”
PSG went on to defeat Marseille 2-1 in the Supercopa de France in January, with Neymar scoring a crucial 85th-minute penalty to help Mauricio Pochettino win his first trophy as club manager.
Gonzalez from Marseille responded by telling Neymar “my parents taught me to take out the trash”
Gonzalez then told Neymar he would be in the shadow of Brazilian legend Pele forever.
The feud continued on Twitter, with Gonzalez posting a photo of him grabbing Neymar’s head with the caption: “My parents always taught me to take out the trash. Go OM (Olympique de Marseille) always”.
The 31-year-old also compared Neymar unfavorably to his compatriot PelÃ©, who has won three World Cups.
But the former Barcelona striker could now miss another potential confrontation with Gonzalez, defenders Abdou Diallo and Timothee Pembele are also expected to miss as they isolate themselves due to coronavirus.
Neymar was one of five players sent off in an explosive 1-0 win for Marseille in September
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas (adductor) and central midfielder Ander Herrera (lack of match ability) are also likely to miss the third opportunity of “Le Classique” – the French version of El Clasico – this season.
Marseille are in managerial turmoil, former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, currently suspended after offering to resign due to disagreements over the club’s “sports policy”.
Olivier Ntcham arrived on loan from Celtic on the transfer deadline day – a Villas-Boas player openly admitted he was unwilling or not signing – which led Marseille to condemn his “unacceptable” comments.