Neymar sustains ACL and meniscus tears during Brazil's World Cup qualifying game against Uruguay.


Neymar sustains ACL and meniscus tears during Brazil’s World Cup qualifying game against Uruguay.

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Neymar was visibly emotional as he was transported off the field on Tuesday night. The Brazilian star was carried off on a stretcher during their World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay after sustaining what seemed to be a severe knee injury.

On Wednesday, Neymar’s Saudi club Al Hilal and the Brazilian medical team confirmed that the striker had torn his left ACL and meniscus, necessitating surgery.

“Medical examinations revealed that player Neymar Jr. suffered a torn cruciate ligament and cartilage,” stated Al Hilal in a released statement. “He will undergo surgery at a later date, with a post-operative treatment program to be determined.”

Al Hilal conveyed the news via social media, alongside a graphic image of Neymar in distress on the ground.

Towards the end of the first half in the match at Montevideo, Uruguay, Neymar was brought down by Uruguay’s Nicolás de la Cruz. As he hit the ground, Neymar immediately clutched his left leg and knee, clearly experiencing considerable pain.

He stayed on the field for a prolonged period before being placed onto a cart and removed from the pitch.

After being carried off the field, Neymar was assisted into the locker room, but did not return to the match. His replacement was Richarlison. Unfortunately, he now faces an extensive recovery period following his season-ending injury.

The 31-year-old Neymar currently plays for Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. Since his debut with the Brazilian national team in 2010, he has amassed 79 goals in 128 appearances for his country. He notably contributed to Brazil’s journey to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite missing two matches due to injury. Neymar also experienced various injuries last year, including an ankle surgery in March during his tenure with Paris Saint-Germain. During the current season with Al-Hilal, he has participated in three matches, providing two assists.

At the time of Neymar’s injury, Uruguay was leading 1-0 following a goal by Darwin Núñez just before halftime. Uruguay extended their lead to 2-0 in the second half with a goal from de la Cruz, securing a two-goal victory. Brazil had won their initial two qualifying matches but was held to a draw by Venezuela in their most recent outing. Uruguay entered the match with a 1-1-1 record through three games.


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