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Injured Neymar left out of PSG squad ahead of Nantes clash
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Injured Neymar left out of PSG squad ahead of Nantes clash

Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar has been left out of the club's squad that will travel to Stade de la Beaujoire to take on Nantes after the Brazilian hosted a lavish birthday party. 

Neymar is said to have picked up a rib injury during PSG's victory over Montpelier on Saturday and the club confirmed he will not feature against Nantes. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that the preparations for the Ligue 1 match weren't ideal with several of the club's players out with Neymar, ahead of his birthday on Wednesday, for the white-themed party on Sunday night. 

"Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not," said the PSG boss. 

"Is it the worst thing in the world? No. I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white."

"It is a shame because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated."