On Monday, Paris Saint-Germain learned the extent of Neymar Jr.’s muscle injury that he sustained in a friendly while on international duty with Brazil. The news wasn’t good.
Early in the match against Nigeria that was being played in Singapore, Neymar came up lame after sprinting across halfway with the ball. He tried to continue for a few minutes after but eventually limped off in the 12th minute to ice his leg.
— PSG Talk (@PSGTalk) October 13, 2019
When Neymar returned to Paris, the medial team was able to diagnosis the injury. Per the club’s official website, Neymar suffered a grade 2 lesion to his left hamstring and the initial estimate puts his return at four weeks. He will be assessed again in eight days but the news means Neymar will miss six games for the reigning French champions, including two UEFA Champions League games and Le Classique.
As with most things Neymar-related, social media lit up when the news came down. Many of my followers, including me, questioned whether Neymar should have been playing in a meaningless friendly, to begin with. PSG’s #10 already made his 100 cap in the previous game against Senegal as reported by the BBC Sport and Brazil wasn’t trying to qualify for a tournament. This was a cash-grab by the Brazil FA and it cost PSG a minimum of six games without a player they’re paying approximately €700,000/week to per SillySeason.com.
Other responses ranged from words of encouragement, sadness, and, of course, jokes about his sister, which you always see in any thread related to Neymar because people on Twitter are awful.
All I wanted was an injury free season for Neymar pic.twitter.com/iVHI5MElGS
— Fatimah (@Ellisande_) October 14, 2019
Neymar should absolutely get a 2nd opinion because 4 weeks sounds like alot for the injury he appeares to suffer. Although he should be back for the game against Madrid…if PSG dont screw it up again. @PSGTalk
— Marc Damon (@MarcDamon1) October 14, 2019
— Ofthedoor (@Ofthedoor1) October 14, 2019
Losing a €220m asset (with €40m OPEX / year) for 1 month because of a useless friendly in a useless footballing city on a useless football pitch. In what other sector can this be accepted?
— Jean Mouk. (@jean_mouk) October 14, 2019
Wonder if some clubs will start taking the NHL route and prevent some players from playing in friendlies, especially players that know where they stand with their NT. https://t.co/KUk1RVErDH
— Eduardo Razo (@_eddierazo) October 14, 2019
PSG needs a new medical and training staff. The amount of injuries PSG has is ridiculous. I know Neymar’s occurred with Brazil, but this past few years has been terrible
— Kings*Dom (@arthurC34) October 14, 2019
— AllAboutNeymar (@allabout_neymar) October 14, 2019
International break is the dumbest thing. There’s no logical argument for it expect the FA’s wanting money. Team chemistry can be built in the months going into important matches/qualifiers. When will clubs step up and protect their assets.
— PSG Dallas (@PSG_Dallasblog) October 14, 2019
— Odds Watch (@Odds_Watch) October 14, 2019
Neymar getting injured right before his sisters birthday https://t.co/99qElYccnR
— Luke Christie (@LukeChristie19) October 14, 2019
— Moe (@moedrace) October 14, 2019
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