Neymar nightmare! Al-Hilal star suffers major setback

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 18 Oct 2023 07:24 BST
  • 3 min read
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Al-Hilal superstar Neymar has suffered a major injury blow whilst on international duty with Brazil as he was stretchered off against Uruguay in first-half stoppage time.

Brazil were losing 1-0 at the time, thanks to a goal from Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, and Fernando Diniz’s side eventually lost 2-0 after Nicolas de la Cruz doubled Uruguay’s lead in the 77th minute.

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It means Brazil have fallen to third place in CONMEBOL World Cup 2026 Qualification, with Argentina and Uruguay ahead of them.

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Neymar had been fairly absent in the game before his injury, with the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain failing to produce a shot or a key pass during his time on the field.

Nonetheless, Neymar’s injury will come as a hammer blow to Diniz if he is ruled out for a significant period of time. Brazil’s next World Cup qualifier comes against Colombia on 17 November and it remains to be seen if Neymar will be fit in time to play.

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What has been said?

Neymar was in tears as he left the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury in the dying embers of the first-half. The Al-Hilal forward was later seen on crutches following the match, while Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar provided an update after the match.

He said, as per ESPN: “These 24 hours will be important to see how the knee will respond, how will be the swelling," Lasmar said. "Imaging tests that will define a definitive diagnosis. It's too early to say [if it's a ligament injury]. Let's wait for the exams calmly, evaluate calmly, and as soon as we have a definition we will let you know."

Neymar did not speak to the media following Brazil’s loss, but he did post on Instagram Stories with the caption: “God knows about all things.

“All the honour and all the glory will always be yours, my Lord. No matter what, I have faith.”

Neymar has made just five appearances for Al-Hilal since he became the Saudi Pro League’s most expensive signing in history (€90m) during the summer. The Brazilian has one goal and three assists for his new club.

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