Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery says it has not been decided whether star forward Neymar will have foot surgery, after he sprained his ankle and suffered a crack in his fifth metatarsal in PSG’s 3-0 victory over Marseille on Sunday. There are reports out of Brazil that surgery for the injury will keep Neymar out for three months, in which case he would return just before the World Cup. Emery, however, said he hopes the Brazilian will be fit for PSG’s second-leg Champions League fixture against Real Madrid, and that there has been no decision on the procedure. Furthermore, Neymar has reportedly rejected the idea of playing on painkillers, because he does not want the injury to get worse and risk the World Cup or the rest of the season.
Borussia Dortmund fans have said they will not stop protesting Monday night Bundesliga fixtures, after Monday’s attendance against FC Augsburg was down 25,000 spectators. The match on Monday was the second in a new Bundesliga TV rights deal, and had been moved from a Sunday fixture date. Stadium announcer Norbert Dickel said before kickoff, “We respect the opinion of those who have chosen to stay at home. We are also against a further stretching out of the weekend and will be raising this when the next TV deal is discussed.“
The NASL has officially canceled its 2018 season. When U.S. Soccer revoked second division sanctioning for the league in September, the NASL filed a preliminary injunction as well as an antitrust suit, which was rejected and then confirmed on Friday. The NASL had already canceled the spring season for 2018 but had hoped to play in the fall. Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal explained the state of the lawsuits that were filed and the next steps for the league, but it is unfortunately not feasible to play in 2018. The league will try to play in 2019, and three of the teams (New York Cosmos, Jacksonville Armada, and Miami FC) will play in the NPSL, the unofficial fourth tier in US Soccer, in the meanwhile. 1904 FC, the San Diego Expansion Club for the NASL, has just announced its switch to the USL starting in 2019. They join the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Indy Eleven, North Carolina FC and Ottawa Fury in the USL, while the San Francisco Deltas and Edmonton FC both folded. It is not clear what will happen to Cal United FC or Puerto Rico FC.
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