Neymar trained with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday and might play against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 first leg next week.
After spraining the ligaments in his left ankle during PSG’s 3-1 win against Saint-Etienne on November 28, Neymar has not played for the club since.
The 30-year-old, who was expected to be out for six to eight weeks, has missed the Parisians’ last 12 games.
He has, however, accelerated his recuperation by taking part in group exercise on the eve of PSG’s Ligue 1 match against Rennes.
Neymar has been ruled out of Friday’s game by Mauricio Pochettino, but a decision on whether he can play against Real Madrid in five days will be made next week.
“He has the maturity to be able to handle these types of situations and use these situations to bring out the best in himself.
“We will wait and decide in the next few days if he will be there for Tuesday.”
Prior to his injury, Neymar had been in poor form, scoring three goals and assisting three times in 14 games across all competitions this season.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos still has a chance to play against his former club in the first leg at Parc des Princes next week.
Ramos suffered another calf injury two weeks ago, missing PSG’s last two games, but he began jogging again on Thursday and will be tested in the next 48 hours.
Since joining Pochettino’s side in July, the Spain international has only appeared five times in all competitions, logging a total of 284 minutes on the pitch.
Indeed, he only appeared in eight matches for his club in all competitions in 2021, and his last game for Spain was against Kosovo in March.
Ander Herrera is expected to return to training on Sunday, according to the Ligue 1 leaders, before of their match against Rennes.
While PSG’s injury problems are subsiding, Madrid is still unsure if star striker Karim Benzema will be available after missing the club’s last two games.
Benzema has scored five goals in his last four Champions League games, but he is in a race against time to be fit.
“He’s a great player who shows his talent in a club like Real year after year. But I’m not saying that it will benefit PSG because Real have a very large squad.”
Source: Livescore news.