Brazilian attacker Neymar Jr., who will have to undergo surgery that will keep him off the field indefinitely after suffering a Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, he said it was his “worst” moment. “It is a very sad moment, the worst,” said the Saudi Al-Hilal player and main star of the Brazilian team in a comment he published on his Instagram account after doctors diagnosed him with one of the most serious injuries. in his career. “I know I’m strong but this time I’m going to need even more of my people (family and friends). It’s not easy to go through an injury and surgery, but imagine what it’s like to go through all that again four months after I was injured.” recovered,” added the World Cup player.
The injury was the result of a twist in the knee in a fortuitous play at the end of the first half of Tuesday’s game in which Uruguay beat Brazil 2-0 at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo on the fourth day of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Neymar, who did not hide his tears after feeling the injury, had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and left the stadium with the help of crutches. This Wednesday he underwent evaluations and imaging tests that confirmed the severity of the problem, according to a statement from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
Although the CBF did not detail how long the recovery of the 31-year-old attacker will last, specialists consulted by the Brazilian press assure that Neymar will be away from the fields for between 7 and 10 months due to the severity of the injury. “I have faith, even too much. But I leave the strength in the hands of God, so that he can renew mine. Thank you for the messages of support and affection,” the attacker concluded in his message on social networks.
The rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus joins the series of injuries that the World Cup winner and former player for clubs such as Barcelona and PSG has suffered since 2019 and that have kept him away from the fields for at least 400 days and have forced him to miss important matches and competitions.
After the defeat on their visit to Uruguay and the draw they lost last week against Venezuela in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá, Brazil fell from second to third place in the classification of the South American qualifiers, with 7 points, five away of the Argentine leader.