Former PSG forward and Brazil's leader Neymar has suffered an injury setback and his nation has ruled him out for the upcoming Copa America 2024 to be played next summer.
Neymar, who transferred to Al Hilal last summer following a multi-year tenure at PSG, has been sidelined with a ruptured ACL since October. There was a slim possibility of him returning in time for the Copa America tournament, but Brazil ruled him out for good a few hours ago, crushing his dreams.
The doctor of Brazil's national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, broke the news on Radio 98 FM, commenting on Neymar's injury and emphasizing the need for patience in his recovery. Simply put, the nation won't risk any further setback or putting the remainder of the player's career in danger.
"Talking about a return before nine months is rushing a comeback," Lasmar said. He ruled Neymar out for the Copa America that will be played next summer, iJune and July in the United States.
Lasmar, however, is optimistic about Neymar's eventual return to top-level football and the Brazil national team. The doctor expects a "full recovery that would allow him to play without restrictions."
Neymar's injuries are not new to PSG fans. His tenure at PSG was notably affected by his never-ending physical issues and injuries, so this comes as just another stone in his hurting road toward retirement.
Turns out not even moving to lower-league Al Hilal seems to have fixed his problems with injuries, even in a less demanding competitive environment.