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Neymar ruled out of Nantes-PSG game with rib injury

Neymar has been left out of the squad to face Nantes on Tuesday after sustaining a rib injury in the game against Montpellier, but Kylian Mbappé makes the list.

Neymar to miss Nantes v PSG with rib injury

Neymar will sit out Tuesday's Ligue 1 match away at Nantes after picking up a rib injury. PSG coach Thomas Tüchel had insisted earlier this afternoon that the Brazil international's decision to hold a 28th birthday party two days before the fixture would not impact upon his team selection, despite describing the event as a "distraction".

But Neymar will not be involved after PSG left him out of their 19-man travelling squad, citing a rib cartilage injury that was confirmed after tests were carried out on Monday. Neymar played the full 90 minutes in the 5-0 home win over nine-man Montpellier on Saturday, though he had limped off towards the end of the first half in an injury scare following an awkward landing in a challenge with Arnaud Souquet.

Neymar hoping to return to Sunday's game against Lyon

PSG confirmed the injury did relate to that incident and will hope to have the forward back in time to face Olympique Lyon on Sunday. During the Montpellier clash, Neymar fumed at referee Jérôme Brisard, earning him a booking for dissent, with reports documenting an angry exchange with the match official that continued into the tunnel.

Kylian Mbappé has been included in the group to take on Nantes despite his exchange with Tuchel after being substituted in the second half. Tuchel was unimpressed after the victory, reminding Mbappé it is he who decides which players come on or off, but said in his pre-match news conference he did not think the situation would prompt the France international to seek a transfer.

PSG's injury list

Along with Neymar, the club's injury list includes Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Ander Herrera, Juan Bernat, Abdou Diallo, Colin Dagba and Garissone Innocent.

Neymar has scored 13 goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances this season, helping leaders PSG open up a 12-point advantage over Olympique Marseille in second.