Neymar, the Brazilian football star, faces uncertainty regarding his participation in the upcoming match against Mumbai City FC, following a significant injury setback. During Brazil’s CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier loss to Uruguay, Neymar suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.
As the international break comes to an end, club football resumes with the AFC Champions League 2023-24, set to begin Matchday 3 on Monday. Al-Hilal, a prominent team in the Saudi Pro League, is scheduled to host the Indian Super League giants, Mumbai City FC, in the Asian Champions League on October 23. They are also slated to travel to India for the second leg on November 6. However, the focus remains on Neymar’s potential involvement in these fixtures.
Will Neymar Play Against Mumbai City FC?
In the wake of the injury, Neymar took to Instagram to share his thoughts, expressing the challenges he faces during this tough period of injury and surgery. He mentioned his need for the support of family and friends, and his unwavering faith in the recovery process.
Neymar is expected to undergo surgery, but an exact date for the procedure has not been confirmed yet. According to reports from ESPN Brasil, the medical staff of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) believes that Neymar could make a return to the field in about eight months, potentially in time for the Copa América, set to take place in the United States next summer.
The CBF has issued a statement regarding Neymar’s situation, indicating that he will undergo surgery, with the specific date yet to be determined. They also mention that the CBF’s medical department and Al Hilal are in close coordination regarding the player’s recovery.
While it is likely that Neymar will miss Al-Hilal’s clash against Mumbai City FC in November, an official confirmation is pending from the Saudi League club or the Brazilian star himself.