Players like Neymar need to be protected revealed Barca boss Koeman

Players like Neymar need to be protected revealed Barca boss Koeman

Ronald Koeman is disappointed that Neymar will miss this week's game between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain through injury.

The Brazilian suffered a blow against Caen that will rule him out for close to a month and the Dutchman agrees with the player's calls for more protection from officials.

"You have to protect this type of player," Koeman said when asked about Neymar in his pre-match press conference.

"Players like Neymar, [Lionel] Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo...

"Because they are the players who allow us to enjoy ourselves. Referees have to protect them, although there is contact in this sport."

Gerard Pique trained as normal on Monday morning and he's expected to be part of the Catalans' matchday squad on Tuesday.

"He's okay," Koeman said on the defender.

"He has been with the group for four or five days. The feelings are good and I have one more day to decide [if he'll take part]."

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