The most expensive player in the world is injured – but how much and with what consequences?
Neymar's condition of 222 million men kept his club, Paris Saint-Germain, in suspense with German coach Thomas Tuchel and his native Brazil for several days.
On Wednesday it became known: Neymar is out for ten weeks, his metatarsal injury should be treated conservatively without surgery.
This was preceded by a medical thriller in which Neymar was torn between the interests of his club and those of his team – for the second time after the drama before the 2018 World Cup, only this time in reverse. And with Manuel Neuer, the Bayern Munich national team in a supporting role.
What to do with Neymar? PSG and Brazil disagree
Neymar, as we all know, injured his right midfielder last week in the Cup against Racing Strasbourg, the same part of his body that he broke last year before the World Cup, giving him an interval of three months at the end. Tuchel groaned instantly, talking about a "super complicated, super difficult" case over the weekend. A prognosis that must be true.
Already in 2018, PSG and the Brazilian federation CBF disputed the treatment: the Parisians wanted Neymar to be conservatively treated to be able to use it more quickly in the Champions League. The Brazilians pressed – ultimately, successfully – for an operation that was supposed to guarantee Neymar's commitment to the World Cup. Associate physician Rodrigo Lasmar took her before, this time representing Brazilian interests.
According to the French press, the image of opinion this time was exactly the opposite of last year. The doctors of Paris want surgery, the Brazilians a conservative therapy – of which they promise this time more chances of Neymar being in shape for the Copa America from June 14. The PSG in particular looks to the knockout stage in the Champions League, which begins on February 12 with the first match against Manchester United – without Neymar.
For the second time, the association emerged victorious from the discussion.
Brazil coach, Tite, league
The Brazilian coach, Tite, personally called, traveled to Paris to visit Neymar and said, "I will not jeopardize Neymar's health and even if I lose my job, I will not be responsible to call him if he is injured ". An insurance that can also be interpreted as a secret request but urgent for Tuchel, who also should not do.
Like the newspaper L & # 39; Team reported, also the advice of a specialist from Germany was obtained.
Manuel Neuer as an example of a warning
Neymar seems to have suffered a tear Le Parisien reports that on 26-year-old radiographs "traces of an interval" can be seen. The mystery: Apparently, it was unclear if this is new or shows the traces of last year's fracture. In the final message, the PSG spoke of an "injury". Ultimately, just a more complicated term for the simple word "injury."
One way or another: The fact that you hit Neymar again in exactly the same sensitive place causes a headache for specialists. According to reports, the example of Manuel Neuer's warning also played a role in the deliberations. His repeated injuries to the left metatarsal – which he apparently repeatedly relieved too soon – brought his World Cup participation, even his career in danger.
An eight-month break like Neuer's is a horror sight for everyone involved. It remains to be seen whether the doctors have found the solution to not let them in.