Brazil star Neymar suffers from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee and will require surgery, the Brazilian team announced. Wednesday the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF).
The striker of the Saudi club Al-Hilal was injured during the defeat against Uruguay (2-0), Tuesday in Montevideo, in a qualifying match for the 2026 World Cup.< /p>
“The striker of the Brazilian selection and Al-Hilal, in Saudi Arabia, underwent examinations which confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus of the left knee,” writes the CBF in a press release. Neymar took his exams in Sao Paulo.
The date of the operation has not yet been set, the federation said.
“It's a very sad moment , the worst. I know I'm strong, but this time I'm going to need my family and my friends even more,” Neymar posted on his Instagram account.
The 31-year-old former Barcelona and PSG player was left in tears on a stretcher on Tuesday evening during the Seleçao's defeat in Montevideo.
During the press conference after -match, the CBF communications director indicated that it was a “worrying” injury, without giving further details.
The Seleçao number 10 was injured just before half-time, shortly after Uruguay opened the score. He fell badly following a clash with Uruguayan midfielder De la Cruz and twisted his knee. He was replaced by Richarlison.
– Nightmare evening for the Seleçao –
Brazil had a nightmarish evening on Tuesday with Marcelo Bielsa's defeat against Uruguay and his playing master's injury. On this occasion, Brazil recorded its first defeat in qualifying for a World Cup since 2015.
Brazilian striker Neymar against Uruguay before his injury, October 17, 2023 in Montevideo © AFP – Eitan ABRAMOVICH
La Celeste had not beaten the Auriverde for 22 years.
Neymar will miss at least his country's next two qualifying matches, against Colombia on November 17 in Barranquilla and Leo Messi's Argentina on November 22 at the Maracana.
The famous N.10 has joined the Saudi club Al-Hilal in August, after six seasons at Paris SG, a stint punctuated by numerous physical problems.
This year, a serious injury to his right ankle kept him out for six months away from the field, from March to September.
During the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar, he was injured during the first match, against Serbia. He returned for the round of 16, but was unable to prevent the elimination of the Seleçao in the quarterfinals against Croatia on penalties, even if he had scored during extra time.
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