Paris Saint-Germain suffered a devastating blow as Neymar was stretchered off with an ankle injury as they lost 1-0 at home to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Tino Kadewere’s first-half goal secured Lyon a seventh win in eight matches as they moved level with Lille, who took over first place earlier in the day following a 2-1 home victory over Bordeaux. PSG surrendered the toipo spot in the Ligue after the loss and dropped third after losing for the fourth time in 14 games this season.
But the far greater concern will be the health of Neymar after his ankle appeared to twist awkwardly under a challenge from Thiago Mendes in stoppage time.
The Lyon midfielder was sent off for the tackle following a VAR review while a distraught Neymar, in considerable pain, was taken off on a stretcher having immediately signalled for medical assistance.
“He’s with the physio and the doctors and we have to wait for the tests tomorrow (Monday),” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster Telefoot.
Lyon’s first win away to PSG since October 2007, the last season they won the Ligue 1 crown, provided fresh hope of a genuine title race this time with the top five teams separated by just three points.
“We defended well, we destroyed their strength, and then played well enough in attack to score at least once,” said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia.
PSG trail the leading duo by a point with Marseille, who have two games in hand on their rivals, another point back in fourth alongside Montpellier.
“Losing top spot doesn’t worry me. But we didn’t have the right approach and I have a problem with that,” said Tuchel.
“We were never mentally ready to play this match. We were shot mentally. We never found our rhythm either. We didn’t play with enough concentration or discipline.
“It was a big step backwards after the last match. I’m surprised. I was expecting a very high level.”
With Kylian Mbappe rested from the start, Moise Kean partnered Neymar in attack following the Brazilian’s hat-trick in the midweek 5-1 Champions League win against Istanbul Basaksehir – a game that was completed 24 hours later than planned after an unprecedented anti-racism protest.