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Neymar Jr to miss Copa América 2024, confirms Brazil doctor

Published at :December 20, 2023 at 1:08 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:28 AM
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Hardik Malhotra


The Brazilain is currently on the sidelines with an ACL injury

Neymar left Paris Saint Germain and joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal during the summer transfer window 2024. While it was seen as a fresh start for the Brazilian, but things have yet again not gone to plan for the winger.

Neymar tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee during his nation’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday, Brazil’s Football Confederation (CBF) said Wednesday. Neymar was expected to miss a significant amount of time, likely the full 2023-24 season.

Neymar later underwent surgery in his native Brazil for the ACL injury he suffered in the FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay.

“Striker Neymar Jr. of the Brazilian team and Al-Hilal, from Saudi Arabia, underwent clinical and imaging tests this Wednesday, which confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee,” Brazil’s Football Confederation said in a statement.

“The striker will undergo a surgical procedure, on a date yet to be defined, to correct the injuries. The Brazilian National Team’s medical department, under the supervision of Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, and Al Hilal, are in permanent contact and aligned in the player’s recovery.”

“It’s a very sad moment, the worst,” Neymar wrote. “I know I’m strong but this time I’m going to need my family and friends even more. It’s not easy to go through injury and surgery. Imagine going through it all again after 4 months of recovery.”

Neymar will miss Copa America 2024

At the time of the injury, it was expected that Neymar would be fit and ready for the Copa América, which will be played in the United States next summer. But now Brazil’s doctor Lasmar has confirmed that the star forward will be missing the tournament.

Brazil doctor Lasmar:

“It’s too early, there’s no point skipping steps to recover. Our expectation is that he will be prepared to return at the start of the 2024 European calendar, which is August”, told Rádio 98.

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