Zidane hopes Neymar recovers from injury to play against Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane hopes Neymar recovers from an ankle injury in time to feature for Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

Neymar rolled his right ankle in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday and is an injury doubt ahead of the return leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6.

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Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s league game at Espanyol, Zidane told a news conference: “I don’t like players getting hurt. I’m not happy about Neymar’s injury. I hope he can play against us. In the end, players need to play. I’m never going to wish for a player to be absent because of an injury.”

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