Brazilian striker Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior has characterized the current chapter of his life as the “worst”.
It follows his injury in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday which will rule him out of the pitch for months.
His latest injury comes four months after recovery from an ankle injury.
In a social media post, he said, “It’s a very sad moment, the worst… It’s not easy to go through injury and surgery, imagine going through it all again after 4 months recovered.”
He has called for support from friends and family towards his healing.
“I know I’m strong but this time I’m going to need my (family and friends) even more,” he said. “Faith I have, even too much… But I give the strength into God’s hands so that he can renew mine.”
The Al-Hilal player was stretched off the pitch on Tuesday when he came down in the 44th minute after tussling for the ball with Uruguay’s De la Cruz.
In a communiqué, Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal said medical tests proved the 31-year-old had Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Meniscus tear injury in his knee.
It appears Neymar will be out of action for some time as the Club said he “will be going through surgery and then a treatment program that will be determined later.”
Marca reports that the player has already accumulated 424 days with no activity due to injuries since 2020. His latest injury has initiated calls for his retirement.
In August, the forward signed a two-year contract at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal after six years with Paris St Germain (PSG).