Neymar could potentially miss out Paris Saint-Germain’s next few games after seeing him limping off from their Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
The PSG star was forced off inside half an hour while the match was still scoreless as PSG faced the Turkish side in the second match of the group stage.
The winger was forced out after 26 minutes, having previously come off the pitch a few minutes earlier due to an apparent injury.
He was replaced by Pablo Sarabia, who joined Kylian Mbappe, Moise Keane and Angel Di Maria in PSG’s attack side.
“It was necessary to take him off,” Tuchel told RMC Sport . “We now have to wait for a diagnosis. It was not serious pain, but he felt uncomfortable.
“Because of the tight schedule, it might cost him a few games, though I cannot be sure at this point.”
Asked for a further update at his news conference, Tuchel said: “It is the adductor muscle. I hope it’s not too bad an injury. We have to wait for the tests tomorrow.”
Despite the early exit of Neymar as he walked down to the tunnel, Everton loanee Moise Kean had two goals to close out a 2-0 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir, wherein both goals came off Kylian Mbappe assists, giving PSG the recovery needed from last week’s Group H defeat to Manchester United.
Kean became the youngest ever Italian player to score on his first Champions League start at 20 years and 243 days, surpassing Alessandro Del Piero’s record.
“This will give me the strength to continue working hard,” said Kean, who tallied four goals in four appearances since joining on loan from Everton.
“It has been a good start. I have to be ready for my team-mates and be ready when called upon.”
Neymar’s injury would likely give a major concern to PSG’s season, as they’re bound to pay a visit to last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig in their next Champions League clash.
But before that, they’ll visit first Nantes in Ligue 1, wherein their opponents currently sitting at 15th in the league.