In either of their World Cup qualifiers this month, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar will not play for Brazil after being ruled out by national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar due to his left adductor injury.
During the Ligue 1 giants’ recent 2-0 Champions League Group H win at Istanbul Basaksehir, the 28-year-old was forced off after 26 minutes and has not played for club or country since.
Before the €222 million men was finally called up by Brazil coach Tite, Neymar was the target of a tug-of-war between PSG and his country, but was almost immediately ruled out of the first of two qualifiers against Venezuela.
By the time Selecao Brasileira faced Uruguay next week, Lasmar and Tite had hoped to have Neymar operating, but they were forced to admit defeat in the fitness fight.
“The player practiced on Monday and has undergone intense physiotherapy since then,” read the official statement from Lasmar.
“He performed well against Uruguay but not sufficiently for inclusiveness. Scans were already scheduled to track his reaction to the treatment when we arrived in Sao Paulo.”
In the expectation that his adductor problem will heal in time for the Uruguay meeting at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Neymar initially linked up with Brazil at Granja Comary in Teresopolis, but his withdrawal now puts his participation for PSG away in Monaco next Friday in doubt.