Terrible news for Neymar, victim of a cruciate ligament rupture

Brazil star Neymar is suffering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee and will require surgery, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) announced on Wednesday.

The striker, who plays for Saudi club Al-Hilal, was injured in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat by Uruguay in Montevideo, in a qualifying match for the 2026 World Cup.

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“The striker for the Brazilian national team and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal underwent examinations which confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus of the left knee,” wrote the CBF in a statement. Neymar underwent his tests in Sao Paulo.

The date of the operation has not yet been set, according to the federation.

The 31-year-old former Barcelona and PSG player emerged from the Seleçao’s defeat in Montevideo on Tuesday evening in tears on a stretcher.

At the post-match press conference, the CBF’s communications director said it was a “worrying” injury, but gave no further details.

The Seleçao No.10 was injured just before half-time, shortly after Uruguay had opened the scoring. He landed badly following a collision with Uruguayan midfielder De la Cruz and twisted his knee. He was replaced by Richarlison.

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