With Neymar confirmed injured for the duration of the upcoming Copa America, his club team is concerned about how his ankle problem could affect the start of next season.
Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Friday that they have sent a pair of doctors to Brazil to assess Neymar, who was injured in the 2-0 friendly win over Qatar on Wednesday. The Brazilian superstar could be seen in tears on the sidelines after being withdrawn in the 21st minute, requiring help from two trainers to eventually make his way into the locker room.
“On Friday 7 June, Paris Saint-Germain’s first team doctor, Dr Laurent Aumont and the club’s Medical Board member and leading figure in sport medicine Professor Gérard Saillant, travelled to Brazil,” Paris Saint-Germain said in a statement released on Friday. “The two doctors will define the player’s rehabilitation process and recovery time as per the medical protocol, 72 hours after Neymar’s injury.”
The Brazilian federation announced following the Qatar game that Neymar suffered a sprain that involves “a ligament rupture,” confirming that he will miss the entire Copa America.
The oddest part of the entire situation is Neymar’s Twitter post on Friday morning saying that he was making his way to France for the opening match of the Women’s World Cup, which saw France top South Korea 4-0.
Given that his recent injury would likely lead to an aversion of air travel, it’s possible that Neymar’s post was nothing more than a Qatar Airways sponsored tweet with broken English leading to a misunderstanding, but still it’s odd that Neymar would post about him traveling to somewhere he’s not actually going to. It’s also possible that the tweet was a scheduled post that was never removed despite plans changing after the injury. Still, the dichotomy between Neymar’s announced travel plans and those of his club is questionable.
We know Neymar was in Brazil as recently as late Thursday or early Friday, as he was brought in for questioning by Brazilian police with regards to the investigation of the rape allegations brought against him.
Neymar’s social media posts have been problematic of late. His Instagram rant about Champions League refereeing earlier this year saw him suspended for three continental games, while a post in response to rape allegations could have him in potential legal trouble in Brazil.