Neymar has once more been overlooked by Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel, who left the Brazilian out of his squad to face Toulouse on Sunday.
The Brazilian forward is yet to appear for his club in the 2019-20 season, after incurring an injury prior to the Copa America and reporting back late for pre-season training in July.
PSG have played twice in their defence of the Ligue 1 title, beating Nimes 3-0 before suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Rennes.
And, as they return to Parc des Princes for their latest clash, the champions will again have to take the field without the world’s most expensive player.
Neymar was not included amongst the 19 players Tuchel called up to take on Toulouse , with his name listed in PSG’s ‘absent’ group with the likes of Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer, who are recovering from injuries.
With just over a week to go before the transfer window closes in Europe the coach is not willing to disrupt his side by calling up the forward, who remains in the middle of a tug of war between Real Madrid and Barcelona while PSG hold out for a deal that reflects their valuation of his services.