Neymar Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Hip, Likely Return Date
Barcelona superstar Neymar was forced to leave training with the Brazilian national team after suffering a hip injury.
SportsCenter reports he's now considered doubtful for Brazil's friendly against South Korea on Saturday. Exactly how much time he'll need to recover remains unclear.
Brazilian superstar Neymar injured his hip in national team training and is doubtful for Saturday match. No word on extent of the injury.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2013
Selecao Brasileira passed along a picture of Neymar, who clearly looked in pain before leaving the training session. He was replaced by fellow winger Hulk.
Neymar leaving training after getting hurt. Hulk replaced him. pic.twitter.com/xmgDc6P5Lm— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) October 10, 2013
Brazil and Barcelona just have to hope it's only a minor knock and not a more significant injury that could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. He's a key piece for both sides and just continues to get better with experience against elite competition.
The 21-year-old sensation is in the process of completing a smooth transition to Camp Nou. He's scored three goals and added six assists in 11 matches across all competitions in his first season playing alongside Lionel Messi and Co.
On the international side, Brazil is hosting the World Cup next summer and the nation's hopes rest heavily on the shoulders of Neymar. Having him at full strength and in top form when the club's campaign ends is essential to its success.
Due to his importance for both squads, they will likely play it safe with him and make sure he's back to 100 percent before returning to competitive action. When that will happen is unknown, with a timetable likely coming after further evaluation.
He's quickly becoming one of the most exciting players in the world to watch, so fans around the globe will hope it's only a short-term setback and he's ready to play shortly.
A clearer picture should develop once Brazil provides an official update on his status.
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