According to Al-Hilal head coach Jorge Jesus, Brazilian football sensation Neymar’s highly anticipated debut for Al-Hilal is likely to be postponed until September due to an injury.
Neymar’s arrival at Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain just last Tuesday sent shockwaves through the football world, with the move reportedly fetching the 31-year-old an impressive 160 million euros ($174 million), as reported by French newspaper L’Equipe.
During a grand welcome ceremony at the iconic King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, attended by a staggering 60,000 spectators, coach Jorge Jesus addressed Neymar’s current situation. He disclosed that Neymar, known for his innovative and creative style of play, is nursing a slight injury. As a result, it remains uncertain when the Brazilian superstar will be fit for action, but the coach indicated that a return in mind for September appears likely.
The welcoming ceremony was nothing short of spectacular, with drones hovering above Al-Hilal’s home ground spelling out the words “Neymar’s inclusion in the Brazil squad.” However, Coach Jorge Jesus was quick to clarify that Neymar’s readiness for international duty was in doubt. He commented, “I don’t know how the Brazilian national team could have called him up. He is not ready.”
Neymar has been absent from the Brazilian national team since last year’s World Cup as he continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained in February. Despite his ongoing rehabilitation, Neymar has been included in Brazil’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia on September 8 and Peru four days later.