Neymar suffered a knee injury in Montevideo’s 2-0 loss to Uruguay and is being evaluated by Brazilian doctors and could miss several Al Hilal games
Neymar suffered an injury while playing for Brazil on international duty and may not be able to play against Cristiano Ronaldo in December.
Neymar was stretched out on the sidelines as Brazil lost 2-0 to Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying match in Montevideo on Wednesday. After a challenge from Nicolas de la Cruz, he fell to the ground clutching his knees and screaming in agony.
The concern was evident on the faces of his teammates, but Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lamar urged caution, telling reporters: “We did all the tests and we will repeat them tomorrow. These 24 hours are a good time to see how the knee reacts, how much swelling there is and Image display is the key. Let us wait for the examination calmly, evaluate calmly, and let you know once the diagnosis is confirmed.”
Brazil captain Casemiro told Globo: “Hopefully it’s nothing serious. He’s an important player for us; we like him very much. “He has been plagued by injuries and when he started As he picked up the pace, he was injured again. “
Neymar was substituted in the first half shortly after Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez gave Marcelo Bielsa’s side the lead. De La Cruz added another goal after Nunez’s cutback to seal victory for Uruguay and secure their first win over Brazil since 2001.
Neymar’s injury is a blow to his club Al Hilal, who spent £77m to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain in August. The 31-year-old forward earns around £2.5m-a-week in Saudi Arabia and their star player could be out for a long period of time.
He has contributed one goal and three assists in five games so far and may now miss the showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo. Six weeks later, on December 1, Al Hilal will face Ronaldo’s Al Nasr in the Saudi Professional League.
These are the games the Saudi Professional League wants when it spends heavily to hire world stars, backed by the country’s public investment fund. Al Hilal spent more than £60m on Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly, while Brazil star Malcom cost them more than £50m, Lazio and Serbian midfielder Scheer Guy Milinkovic-Savic also spent big.
Al Hilal, coached by Jorge Jesus, currently tops the Saudi Professional League with seven wins and two draws in nine games. Al Nasr are third, four points behind, with Ronaldo leading the goalscoring charts this season with 10 goals in eight games. Steven Gerrard’s Atifaq side finished seventh despite being able to field Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Dembélé and Demarais Gray.
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