Neymar Jr. has been ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle ligament injury he suffered in Brazil’s friendly win over Qatar on Wednesday.
A statement on the Selecao’s football federation website said that the 27 year old has been evaluated and subjected to tests which confirmed a ligament rupture in the ankle.
“After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during last Wednesday’s game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle,” the statement read.
The statement also reads that due to the seriousness of the injury the former Barcelona forward will be lacking the physical conditions and recovery time to participate in the competition.
“Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not have the physical conditions and sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa América Brasil 2019.”
The PSG winger abandoned proceedings on the field of play at the Estadio Nacional visibly struggling in pains as he was later seen leaving the ground on crutches.
Neymar does Santos has suffered several injury setbacks since 2014 when he missed Brazil’s semi-final clash with Germany due to a back injury.
The PSG star also injured his metatarsal some months before 2018 World Cup and missed the final months of the 2018/19 French Ligue 1 campaign.
Brazil who play hosts to this year’s Copa America kick off the competition on June 14 against Bolivia, with the final to be played on June at the Maracans in the capital city of Rio.
The injury to world’s most expensive players could spell real trouble for Brazil heading into the Copa America.
Neymar has been continuously linked with a move to Real Madrid but the Spanish giants who have now completed the signing of Ferland Mendy and Jovic in a busy summer transfer window might now relax on their pursuit following the injury of the Brazilian star.
Neymar who was accused of raping an unnamed woman has rubbished the allegations with his dad mentioning that it was only a setup.