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Neymar Injury Update: When will the Brazilian superstar return for Al Hilal?

Brazillian striker Neymar Jr. is edging closer to a return to fitness for Al Hilal as the club prepares for the second half of their season. The Brazilian has been out with a cruciate ligament injury since October 2023 and is still a couple of weeks away from returning to training.

According to reports from international press and sources in Saudi Arabia, the Brazilian star’s recovery is going well. Now, at 32 years old, he’s hoping for a miracle to be in top shape for the upcoming international tournament.

As per Transfermarkt, Neymar Jr’s return is scheduled for the last week of July, barring any further complications in his recovery process. This means he will miss most of the games for Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal.

Al Hilal’s performance in Neymar’s absence

The Brazilian last featured for the club in a comfortable 3-0 win over Nassaji Mazandaran in the AFC Champions League group stage. Neymar was among the scorers that night, helping his team earn a vital three points towards securing top spot in Group D ahead of Navbahor.

However, Jorge Jesus’ men have done incredibly well in the Brazilian’s absence. They have won each of their 24 games since the 32-year-old last played. In that time, Al Hilal has scored a remarkable 73 goals.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (19 goals), Salem Al-Dawsari (10 goals), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (9 goals), and Malcom (9 goals) have carried the goalscoring burden for the team in the Saudi Pro League this season.

Jesus’ men currently occupy the top spot in the table with 59 points, six ahead of Al Nassr, and also have a game in hand over them. They have also made it to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League and will face fellow SPL side Al-Ittihad over two legs.

When will Neymar return to match fitness?

Neymar Jr
Neymar Jr (Getty Images)

Cruciate ligament injuries typically sideline players for anywhere between six and nine months. Considering Neymar suffered his injury in mid-October last year, it is fair to assume he could miss the remainder of the season.

Neymar lauded his Al-Hilal comrades for clinching the Roshn Saudi League championship and expressed his anticipation for getting back on the field next season.

The Brazilian has had his fair share of injury woes in the past, missing over 50 games for his clubs and country since the 2021–22 season. So far, he has made just five appearances for Al Hilal, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

However, the good news is that Neymar has been seen in an Al Hilal training session. He has practiced with his teammates, and his expected return date to the field will be officially disclosed after the Copa America.