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After picking up a nasty injury in the 3-0 win at Marseille at the weekend, PSG star Neymar looks set to be out for at least six weeks, according to his father, Neymar Sr.
And that means one of the most bizarre trends in football is set to continue, that being Neymar never seems to be in action whenever his sister's birthday rolls around.
Rafaella, who the former Barcelona man is extremely close to and even has a huge tattoo of her on his arm, turns 22 on 11 March.
PSG host Metz on 10 March, a day previous, with Neymar almost certainly being able to celebrate his sister's birthday once again.
When at Barca in 2014-15 and 2015/16, Neymar was suspended on March 11, while he suffered a rather mysterious adductor injury and was absent from the game against Deportivo last season.
FACT: Neymar will now have missed a game on 11th March for FOUR consecutive years:
:x: 14/15: Suspended
:x: 15/16: Suspended
:x: 16/17: Injury
:x: 17/18: Injury
...the same day as his sister's birthday. pic.twitter.com/kMP6biMZwP
- SPORF (@Sporf) February 27, 2018
It's a pretty weird coincidence, isn't it? Even Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos referenced it when asked about Neymar to Real Madrid rumours back in November.
Speaking to Cadena Ser in Spain, he said:
"I like to play with the best and Neymar is one of them, I hope. What we would have to negotiate is his sister's birthday [laughs]."
PSG boss Unai Emery had played down talk of his player needing surgery and even said there was a "small chance" he could be in contention for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid.
However, the player's father had a conflicting opinion on the injury, saying the Santos youth product is facing a considerable spell on the sidelines.
"His treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not," he explained to ESPN Brasil, via BBC.
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