PARIS: Neymar will be out for up to eight weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Paris Saint-Germain’s 29-year-old Brazil striker was carried off on a stretcher in tears in the last few minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 away victory at Saint-Etienne.

Neymar is set to miss seven PSG Ligue 1 matches and a Champions League tie.

A club statement said: “The examinations carried out confirm Neymar suffered a sprained left ankle with ligament damage.”

PSG are 12 points clear of second-placed Rennes, while in the Champions League they are guaranteed to finish second in Group A and advance to the last 16.

PSG play Club Brugee at home on December 7, before the tournament resumes in February.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 31, is set to return to training this week after missing the game against Saint-Etienne with a knee injury.

However, he is expected to be absent for the home match against Nice on Wednesday.