Brazil and Al-Hilal forward Neymar is set to undergo surgery after suffering a significant injury during the World Cup qualifier match against Uruguay. The 31-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, leading to his tearful exit from the game on a stretcher.
Expressing his emotions on Instagram, Neymar described the situation as “the worst” and acknowledged the support he will need from his family and friends during this challenging time. The extent of his absence from the field remains uncertain, but typical recovery periods for an ACL injury can range from eight to ten months.
Ednaldo Rodrigues, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), emphasized the importance of Neymar’s return for both Brazilian and global football, stating that the sport is at its best when the talented forward is playing.
Neymar has faced multiple injury setbacks in recent times, including one during the last World Cup where he missed several matches due to an injury sustained in the opening game against Serbia. Furthermore, his time with Paris Saint-Germain were plagued by extended periods on the sidelines, adding further complexity to his football career.
The recent news of Neymar’s injury and upcoming surgery has sparked concerns about his ability to participate in the 2024 Copa America. The recovery process is expected to have a significant impact on his return to the field, raising questions about his potential involvement in the tournament.