Neymar: Out for 9 months with brutal ACL injury

Neymar’s career has hit a fresh setback as the forward suffered a brutal ACL injury that may sideline him for almost a year.

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2023 has been heel of a year for the former Barcelona superstar.

This season began poorly for Neymar. A day after his grand unveiling with Al Hilal, it was announced that he had arrived injured.

A new blow: a torn ACL and meniscus on his left knee that joins his unfortunate collection of physical setbacks.

Neymar injured
Neymar injured

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The Brazilian forward was injured during his international duty with the national team. According to his side, Al Hilal, he must undergo surgery.

“The medical tests “NEYMAR” underwent confirmed the Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Meniscus tear injury in his knee; he will be going through surgery and then a treatment program that will be determined later.”

Later, the worst news was confirmed. Neymar had a torn ACL and meniscus and would be out for a significant time.

After being injured, Neymar shared a religious message on his Instagram Stories with more than 215 million followers: “This was the verse I put after the match… ‘In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.’ Proverbs 16:9. God knows all things. All honor and glory are always yours, my God, regardless of everything. I have faith.

Messi sends Neymar a positive message

While Neymar is likely dealing with a lot of conflicting emotions right now, an old friend of his has sent some support his way. On Wednesday, Lionel Messi shared an Instagram story of a picture with Neymar captioned: “Stay strong!”

Neymar’s record of injury

With his latest setback, which threatens to keep him off the field for an extended period, he’s now accumulated 16 injuries in the last seven seasons.

This has resulted in a total of 640 days sidelined, and this count doesn’t include the new recovery period he’ll face.

Neymar has struggled to find footing since the 2017-2018 season, his first year with PSG.

His injury began in February 2018 when he fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, for which he had surgery and was out for 100 days.

The following year was even worse as more and only more bad news arrived.

In January 2019, he suffered a recurrence of the fifth metatarsal injury in his right foot, forcing an 88-day break.

He returned in late April, only to fracture his right ankle in a friendly match leading up to the Copa America in June—another 90 days on the sidelines.

In the 2019-2020 season, Neymar caught a brief respite, with ‘only’ 45 days of absence due to a couple of injuries, the most significant being a hamstring one that kept him out for 30 days.

He reclaimed his top form and played a crucial role in PSG’s journey to the Champions League final.

The following three seasons continued to be a sequence of injuries, with three in 2020-2021, another three in 2021-2022, and an additional three in 2022-2023.

These repeated injuries have made it exceedingly challenging for him to regain his best form and establish the consistency required to be a game-changer.

Nine injuries and 357 days of absence in total.

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