Neymar suffered a serious knee injury in Brazil’s 0-2 loss to Uruguay on Oct. 18 in the fourth South American qualifier for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup. Neymar was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and was ruled out for the season.
After undergoing successful surgery, Neymar began rehabilitation. He is expected to take at least 10 months to return, but nothing is certain. Neymar is also unlikely to play in the 2024 Copa America in June in the United States. His club, Al Hilal, has also deemed Neymar unavailable for the remainder of the season and has removed him from its roster. Al Hilal has begun the search for a replacement.굿모닝토토 도메인
Rodrigo Lasmar, the Brazilian national team doctor who performed the surgery, told ESPN: “Neymar is recovering well. But it’s still early in his recovery. It’s a complex injury and he has to rest for a while because of the ligament tear. It’s a long rehabilitation process. The response is good and the medical team is satisfied.”
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from Barcelona in 2017 for a record transfer fee of €222 million (approximately KRW 313.3 billion). But his time at PSG was marred by injuries and poor performances, and he fell out with supporters.
In his prime, Neymar chose money over fame and moved to Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) in August 2023 for a transfer fee of €90 million (approximately $127 billion) and an annual salary of $100 million (approximately $132.8 billion). The injury ended Neymar’s season at Al-Hilal, where he scored just one goal in five games.
According to a report by Brazilian newspaper Record, Al Hilal’s leaders have decided to keep Neymar off the roster for the rest of the season. Head coach Jorge Jesus plans to sign a new left-back to fill Neymar’s void.
Neymar’s long-term absence is inevitable. It’s a blow to both his club, Al Hilal, and the Brazilian national team. “You should know that Neymar is suffering from a serious injury. He has already undergone his third surgery. It”s a more serious injury than the previous one. It will take more time to recover. He is complying well with the treatment we have proposed,” he said, cautioning against an early return.