Sources close to both the player and PSG said Neymar does not want to play with painkillers because he feels the method would increase the risk of the injury becoming more serious than it already is. Not just that, this could have been Neymar's chance to prove exactly why he would be the ideal replacement for the aging Cristiano Ronaldo and why Real Madrid should spend heavily to bring him back to the La Liga.
"I hope he can play that game because players need to play these matches. I watched the game live and I hope Neymar's injury is nothing unsafe", he added.
Madrid hold a 3-1 lead heading into the second leg of the last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian, who signed for PSG in a world-record move from Barcelona previous year, is now a serious injury doubt for the match against Real Madrid.
The Brazilian forward, bought in a record-shattering £200 million deal from Barcelona was stretchered off during Sunday's 3-0 Le Classique win over Olympique Marseille in which he provided two assists.
Emery said in the press conference ahead of Wednesday's French Cup game against Marseille: "It's false that Neymar is going to have an operation".
"We will see how he progresses before making a decision, and that will be made with the player himself". The proof is that here today we talked more about Ligue 1 than about other leagues.
The report claims Neymar would be able to play under painkillers, but that he does not want to risk being injured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.