Neymar says Paris Saint-Germain's decision to stop him playing the club's four last games held him back in Tuesday's defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
The Brazilian scored PSG's only goal of the game but it was not enough to stop them going down to a 2-1 loss in Germany in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg match.
Neymar was making his first appearance in several weeks as he returned from injury, but he insisted his absence had not been his decision.
“It’s hard not to play for four games,” Neymar said. “Unfortunately it was not my choice, it came from the club, the doctors; they’re the ones who made the decision, one that I did not like.
"We’ve had a lot of discussions on that. I wanted to play, I was feeling well but the club were afraid, and in the end I’m the one suffering.”
Neymar was also injured at this stage of the season in the last two years, missing PSG's eliminations at the hands of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
He added: “I understand the fear that the club was suffering from, because in the last two years I was not able to play in the round of 16. I respect the decision, but it cannot be like this, because the player ends up suffering.
“It was very difficult to play a match like this, intense, 90 minutes without stopping. It is different. Had I been in better shape, I would certainly have played better.”