Neymar confirms cruciate ligament and meniscus tears…”surgery likely” and out for season again
Neymar has tearfully said goodbye to the rest of the season after being injured again just two months after returning from injury.
The Brazilian national team announced the news of Neymar’s injury on its official website on Sept. 19, saying, “Official update on Neymar’s injury.” “Neymar underwent an MRI scan that confirmed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee. He will undergo surgery to repair the injury and the national team is working with the medical team to ensure his recovery,” the team said, explaining Neymar’s injury status.
Brazil previously fell to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of hosts Uruguay, scoring a goal each in the first and second halves, in their fourth South American qualifier for the 2026 World Cup at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Aug. 18.
Brazil, ranked No. 3 in the FIFA rankings, won two consecutive matches in the first and second rounds of South American qualifying last month to secure victory, but this month they drew 1-1 at home to Venezuela on Sept. 14 and lost away to Uruguay today, leaving them with a record of 2-1-1 (7 points).
Along with Brazil’s loss, the game was highlighted by an injury to Neymar. Neymar collided with an opponent in a contest for the ball just before halftime and, after stepping on the ground, went limp.
In pain, Neymar slapped the ground with his hands, and as he was carried off on a stretcher, he covered his forehead with his hands, just above his eyes, as if to hide his tears. “Neymar had his hands over his face and was crying,” said Italian transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, adding that the injury appeared to be serious.
“He had his hands over his face and was in a lot of pain, and the Brazilian national team’s announcement gives us an idea of how much pain he was in.
In an official statement, Brazilian Football Federation president Ernaldo Rodrigues said, “We regret Neymar’s injury. The federation conducted tests that proved the need for surgery, and we promise to provide the player with all the support he needs.”
“Brazil and world football need Neymar, and he needs to recover. “Brazil and world football need Neymar, he needs to recover, because we are happier when he is on the field. Neymar has our friendship and all the support of the organization,” he added, pledging his full support.
Neymar has been plagued by ankle injuries throughout his career, including a serious one at his former club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in February that landed him on the operating table. Neymar was stretchered off after suffering an ankle injury at home against LOSC Lille in the 24th round of the 2022/23 Ligue 1 season in February. We hoped it was nothing serious, but the diagnosis was that he had damaged ligaments in his right ankle and had to go on the operating table.
The diagnosis was that he would need three to four months to return to the field. Neymar was eventually declared out for the season. Fans were disappointed because Neymar had been in top form before the injury, scoring 18 goals and providing 17 assists.
Last year, Neymar had a difficult World Cup in Qatar. He injured his ankle in the first game of the group stage against Switzerland and had to sit out the second and third games to rehabilitate. He came back strong in the round of 16 against South Korea, scoring two goals, but struggled in the quarterfinals against Croatia and lost to Brazil on penalties.
His injury was also a major talking point at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Neymar and Brazil won the World Cup on home soil, but in the quarterfinals against Colombia, Neymar fractured his vertebrae and was ruled out of the tournament. The injury was so serious that it was described as “the end of his soccer career.”
Neymar’s reaction to his injury against Uruguay was the same as when he’s been injured in the past: he clutched his face. It’s likely that Neymar himself realized that this wasn’t a minor injury.
Some have already suggested that Neymar may have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The ACL is located on the inside of the knee joint, where the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments cross in an ‘X’ shape to control the forward and backward movement of the knee joint. The anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally down the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia (shinbone) from sliding forward against the femur (thighbone), as well as providing rotational stability to the knee.
메이저사이트 That’s why soccer players can suffer an ACL injury from sudden changes in direction or stops, twisting from a bad landing, or a hard tackle from an opponent. The time it takes to recover depends on the severity of the damage, which can put a player out of action for a year.
The sports doctors who watched Neymar’s injury all agreed that it was most likely an ACL injury in his left knee.
“It looks like Neymar tore his anterior cruciate ligament,” sports medicine doctor Brian Sutterer said on social media on Aug. 18, explaining that “the tibia moved forward and then popped up, which almost always indicates an anterior cruciate ligament injury.”
In addition to Dr. Sutterer, Dr. Rajpal Brar also saw the footage of Neymar’s injury and tweeted that he saw a “perfect knee ‘pivot shift’ (excessive internal rotation of the femur against the tibia),” adding that “there is more evidence of a serious injury to the anterior cruciate ligament.”
The latest in a series of claims that Neymar has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which, if true, would raise questions about the timing of his return. Tottenham, who are captained by Son Heung-min, reported in September that Croatian winger Ivan Perisic had suffered an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was on the operating table.
At the time, it was confirmed that Perisic had torn his ACL and was expected to miss up to six months. In February, Tottenham’s Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur was ruled out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and is targeting a return in November.
Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid were hit with an emergency in August when defender Thibaut Courtois tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee before the start of the 2023/24 season. Real expected Courtois to return in April 2024, but did not rule out the possibility of him missing the entire season in a worst-case scenario.
“Neymar has said goodbye to the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament and meniscus,” reported Spanish outlet Sport, “and he will be out of action for months.”
“Our worst fears about Neymar have been confirmed. Neymar will have to undergo surgery and is certain to miss the rest of the season,” adding that Neymar’s return this season is unlikely.
Meanwhile, Neymar left PSG in August to join Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal, whose emergency lights were also turned on by Neymar’s long-term injury. Neymar was a “mega-deal,” signing a two-year contract worth $80 million (11 billion won) in salary and $32 million (45 billion won) in additional income. However, he has played just five games for Al-Hilal, including three in the Saudi Arabian top flight and two in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL), and has been injured, much to the dismay of his club.
Neymar initially expressed his excitement for the Saudi stage after joining Al-Hilal. He was ready to move on ahead of this season, with PSG growing unhappy with him. PSG did not block Neymar’s move to Saudi Arabia as his frequent injury absences, including a season-ending ankle injury in February, created a gap in the team’s plans.
Speaking to Al-Hilal, Neymar said: “I’m very excited and happy to join a new league. I enjoy and love challenges. I want to help the league grow and they have already made a lot of challenges and signings. It’s a competitive league and that’s why I came here,” Alhilal said, revealing his reasons for joining the league, but it looks like his challenge will be on hold for now.
For Alhilal, it’s a huge loss. “According to reports, the amount of money Neymar will be able to pocket over the course of two seasons through his huge salary and bonuses is actually more than €600 million ($875.8 million),” said French outlet Le Tensport, noting that Neymar’s deal could outstrip Ronaldo’s two-year, €400 million deal, which was initially thought to be the highest in the world.
Neymar has also surprised fans by revealing benefits beyond his salary. First of all, he will be able to live with his girlfriend, regardless of whether she is a Muslim or not. This means he doesn’t have to get married. This is exactly what Cristiano Ronaldo did in January when he brought his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez to live with him in Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia, regardless of sharia law.
In addition, he has the unusual option of being paid $700 million for every post he makes promoting Saudi Arabia, a plane to travel the world, and a top-of-the-line luxury home with butlers. In essence, the Saudi government has stepped in and recruited Neymar.
“Neymar demanded eight supercars for him and his assistants to drive around in,” reports the Sun. These included four Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens, a Bentley, an Aston Martin, and a Lamborghini. He also asked for chauffeurs to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for him, his friends and family.”
“Inside the house, Neymar demanded that the fridge be stocked with acai juice, his favorite brand, and guarana drinks for friends and family. He also asked for three saunas to be built and for five full-time staff members, including an assistant chef to assist his personal chef from Brazil and two cleaners.” Neymar’s demands on Alhilal regarding the home’s facilities were also significant.
It doesn’t end there. Neymar requested that Alhilal pay for hotels, restaurants, and other services in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where Alhilal is based. He also demanded a private charter for himself and his family to travel, a large outdoor pool, and at least 25 rooms for his friends to stay in.
After providing all of these perks, Alhilal found himself in the position of having to pay Neymar material compensation after he was injured with the Brazilian national team.
With the world’s best player once again facing an extended absence just four months after returning from injury, much attention will be focused on whether Neymar will be able to return to form after this latest injury.