“Neymar likely out for season + won’t play Copa next year”…expect up to a year to return

Four months after returning from injury, Neymar is injured again.

Brazil lost 0-2 to Uruguay at 9 a.m. ET on June 18 at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, in the fourth match of the 안전카지노사이트 South American Zone qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2026. Brazil is in third place with two wins, one draw and one loss (P7) from four matches.

On the day, Brazil lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jesus started up front, followed by Vinicius, Neymar, and Rodriguez. Guimarães and Casemiro paired up in the middle, while Augusto, Magalhaes, Marquinhos, and Couto made up the back four. Ederson wore the goalkeeping gloves.

Uruguay countered with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Núñez started up top, with Maxi Araujo, De La Cruz, and Felistri in the second line. Valverde and Ugarte were the central midfielders, while Olivera, Caceres, Ronald Araujo, and Nandez formed the back four. Rochette was in goal.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders, with Brazil, who were second in the group before this match, needing a win to overtake Uruguay, who were three points behind them, and catch up to first-place Argentina. However, they didn’t get the result they wanted. Brazil conceded an early goal in the final minute of the first half, and were brought to their knees in the 32nd minute of the second half.

The result was disappointing, but there was worse to come. Shortly after conceding the opening goal, Neymar collapsed and had to be stretchered off, with Neymar’s replacement being Neymar. After the game, Neymar was seen walking away on crutches.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced on Monday that “Neymar underwent tests that confirmed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee. He will undergo surgery. The date has not yet been finalized.” Neymar’s current club, Al Hilal, also confirmed the news.

“An anterior cruciate ligament rupture injury can take between six months and up to a year to recover from. He is expected to be out for the season and is not certain to play in the Copa America, which kicks off next June.”

Neymar is now 31 years old. If he doesn’t play in next year’s Copa America, it’s unlikely he’ll play in the next one. After missing the 2019 Copa America due to injury, Neymar returned for the 2021 tournament and played in the final, where Argentina fell short of winning the title.

After the news of his injury broke, Neymar took to social media to say, “It’s a very sad and difficult time. I know I am strong, but this time I will need more strength from my family and friends. It’s not easy to be injured and undergo surgery, especially when you’ve only been recovering for four months, so imagine going through the same thing again,” he shared his frustration.

Neymar’s “best friend” Messi, who played with him at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), responded with a message of support. He posted a photo of himself hugging Neymar on social media, telling him to stay strong.

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