Neymar injury: Brazil star suffered torn ACL and meniscus in World Cup qualifying loss to Uruguay

Neymar suffered a torn ACL and meniscus all through Brazil’s 2-0 loss to Uruguay in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, which he exited before halftime. The Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed the news on Wednesday after a round of testing from the team doctors and said the injury will require surgery.

Neymar “underwent clinical and imaging tests this Wednesday, which confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.,” a remark from the federation read in part. “The attacker will undergo a surgical procedure, on a date yet to be defined, to right the injuries.”

He tripped and fell in first-half stoppage time and was once taken off the field in a cart while in tears. He came off the cart and then hobbled to the locker room with assistance, likely to get medical remedy. He eventually left Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario on crutches.

Richarlison came on in his place.

At the time of the injury, Brazilian broadcaster Globo reported that the player suffered a severe knee twist, which could sign ligament damage. Per team doctor Rodrigo Lasma, the severity of Neymar’s injury was once not immediately lucid and required a second round of testing.

“We did all of the tests and we will be able to repeat them day after today,” he said, according to the AP.” Those 24 hours are key to see how his knee will respond, how swollen it is going to be and what images will show. Let’s wait for the exams with calmness, evaluate with calmness and tell you once we have a diagnosis.”

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The forward now faces yet another lenghty spell on the sidelines. He has spent much of the final year dealing with different medical issues, including an ankle problem that required surgery final winter. His debut for Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal was once also delayed while he dealt with an injury which made him a doubt for final month’s Brazil games, but he was once ready to play for his national team.

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Brazil were down 1-0 to Uruguay when Neymar came off. They eventually missing 2-0, which snapped the team’s unbeaten run to World Cup qualifying. The five-time world champions won their first two matches of the crusade final month but were held to a draw on Thursday by Venezuela.

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