PSG superstar Neymar is a marked man on the football pitch.
The Brazilian forward is often the target of opposition hatchet men, desperate to scythe him down and stop him from dominating the game.
Against Lyon, the 28-year-old was carried off on a stretcher following a late tackle from Thiago Mendes, who was given a red card for the incident.
And although the injury is not as bad as first feared – a suspected broken ankle – Neymar is set to spend some time on the sidelines with a severe sprain.
This time he was lucky, but it hasn’t always worked out that way.
The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be Neymar’s World Cup.
Staged in Brazil, he was front and centre of the football carnival – until he was kicked out of it.
The injury happened in the quarter final against Colombia, when Camilo Zuniga kneed him in the back.
Brazil won the game 2-0, but were stripped of Neymar’s services for their semi final against Germany – in which they were famously trounced 7-1.
The official diagnosis was a lumbar vertebrae fracture, he was sidelined for a month, however it could’ve been worse.
In an emotional interview Neymar revealed he “could be in a wheelchair” if the knee had hit him a little to the left.
In both February 2018 and January 2019, Neymar suffered metatarsal fractures to his right foot.
The first came in a game against Marseille in Ligue 1 – a week before PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.
It was an innocuous tangle with Bouna Sarr that saw him stretched off, after writing around the pitch in agony.
Just over a year later, Neymar aggravated the injury against Racing Strasbourg.
Again, he missed an important Champions League tie – this time against Manchester United.
Both injuries kept him sidelined for three months.
RUPTURED ANKLE LIGAMENTS
Neymar’s right leg has certainly taken some punishment in his career.
And a ruptured ankle ligament injury put pay to his appearance at the 2019 Copa America.
The setback happened, in all games, a friendly against Qatar, which Brazil won 2-0.
Of course, Neymar was devastated – even posting a picture of his gruesome injury on social media.
It would’ve hurt Neymar more that his country then went on to win the Copa America in his absence, as he missed out on a winners’ medal.
He was out for two months, but luckily for his club missed just one game at the beginning of the season
Neymar’s start to the season suffered a blow when he tested positive for the coronavirus back in September.
He was forced to isolate for 14 days at his home and missed PSG’s first games of the season against Lens.
The ex-Barcelona star was one of a number of players who returned from holidays in Ibiza and tested positive for Covid-19.
Neymar’s team-mates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes also had to go into quarantine following a positive test.
He returned to action against Marseille, but was sent off in a 1-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes.