Gab Marcotti and the FC crew discuss Unai Emery’s imminent departure from PSG and whether or not he could be successful in the Premier League.
PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has insisted Neymar will not be rushed back into training when he returns to France this week.
The Brazil international is due back in Paris on Friday morning before reporting to the Camp des Loges training centre for the first time since fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot at the end of February.
“Neymar will arrive soon — Friday or Saturday,” Emery told his prematch news conference ahead of Friday’s game at Amiens. “I do not think he will train with the squad as soon as he does, though. We will see once he gets here.
“I do not know if Neymar will be in Amiens with us to watch the match. He will need time to be ready.
“We want him to be with us, so when he is ready, he will be back in the squad.”
After Amiens on Friday night, PSG will turn their attention to Tuesday’s Coupe de France final against semiprofessional third-tier outfit Les Herbiers at Stade de France.
Emery is not taking victory for granted and insisted that PSG must take the game seriously.
“We are preparing for Les Herbiers with respect,” Emery said. “They deserve to be in the final. We will work more on it once we have played Amiens — this final is important.”
Emery added that captain Thiago Silva and Julian Draxler have joined the injured Marco Verratti in being ruled out of the Amiens clash.
“Thiago and Julian both have muscular problems, so will not feature,” Emery added. “Marco had his adductor issue operated on earlier, so he is also out.”
After last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Guingamp, PSG must win their three remaining fixtures to hit the 100-point mark for the first time in the league’s history.
After facing Les Herbiers, they finish the season at home to Rennes and away to Caen.