Paris St Germain said on Wednesday that Neymar had suffered a groin strain and Kylian Mbappe a bruised shoulder while on international duty, a week ahead of a crucial Champions League clash against Liverpool, report agencies.
Neymar strained his right adductor muscle and had to come off seven minutes into Brazil’s 1-0 win over Cameroon on Tuesday, while fellow forward Mbappe fell awkwardly before halftime in France’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay and was also withdrawn.
“They will undergo a 48-hour period of treatment before further evaluation,” PSG said in a statement.
The French club are at home to Toulouse on Saturday and will hope to extend their record-breaking start to the Ligue 1 season with a 14th consecutive victory, before playing Liverpool on Nov. 28.
PSG sit third in Champions League Group C, a point behind leaders Napoli and Liverpool with two matches left to play.
Meanwhile, Neymar limped off after just eight minutes of Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win against Cameroon on Wednesday. The Brazilian forward had treatment for an apparent groin problem after just five minutes and collapsed to the turf soon afterwards to boos from the crowd in the central English town of Milton Keynes.
In Paris, Mbappe hurt his shoulder in a nasty fall as World Cup winners France ended their year on a high note with a 1-0 win over Uruguay at the Stade de France.
But the victory was overshadowed when Mbappe was hurt after falling awkwardly as he challenged the diving Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana for the ball.
France coach Didier Deschamps said the news on Mbappe, the 19-year-old forward who shot to global prominence at the World Cup, was “not necessarily reassuring, but not worrying either.
“He had some shoulder pain after his fall and he has to have tests tomorrow morning, but there is no serious concern,” Deschamps said.
Neymar played down his injury, saying in an Instagram message that “it was nothing serious”.
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also said it did not appear to be a serious problem.
“He felt discomfort,” Lasmar said. “He will need a bit more time to evaluate it and take a scan, but in principle it is not a serious injury.”
Neymar’s replacement in the Brazilian lineup, Everton’s Richarlison, headed in on the stroke of half-time to secure victory for the Selecao. Brazil’s goal came when Richarlison headed home after a corner kick in the 45th minute. Brazil missed a number of chances in the second half, with Cameroon nearly finding an equalizer in the last minute when striker Jacques Zoua hit the post with a header. France won thanks to Olivier Giroud’s 52nd-minute penalty.