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Neymar’s Injury a Loss for Saudi Football, says Al Hilal Coach Jorge Jesus


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Al Hilal coach Jorge Jesus describes Neymar’s injury as a loss for Saudi football

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Al Hilal’s coach, Jorge Jesus, expressed his disappointment over the injury of his star player, Neymar. The Brazilian forward tore his cruciate ligament while playing for his country in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Jesus described Neymar’s absence as a significant loss for Saudi football and emphasized the need for the team to adapt and move forward.

Al Hilal’s Victory and Neymar’s Injury

After securing a 1-0 win against Al-Khaleej in the Roshen Pro League, Jesus addressed the press. He mentioned that losing a player of Neymar’s caliber is challenging for any team. Al Hilal will have to adjust their game without him and hope for his swift recovery. Neymar, who recently joined Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain, will undergo surgery soon and will be out of action for an extended period.

Positive Outlook and League Standing

Jesus also spoke positively about Al Hilal’s performance, stating that the match against Al-Khaleej could have resulted in a more significant goal difference. He expressed satisfaction with the victory following the international break. The coach highlighted the team’s leadership in the league, having the best offensive and defensive lines, along with Al-Ittihad. Al Hilal currently leads the Saudi League standings with 26 points, three points ahead of their closest rivals, Al Taawoun. Meanwhile, Al Khaleej is in 12th place with nine points.


The absence of Neymar due to his injury is a setback for Al Hilal and Saudi football as a whole. However, Jorge Jesus remains optimistic about the team’s performance and hopes for a strong comeback from Neymar. Al Hilal’s victory further solidified their position at the top of the Saudi League standings, demonstrating their strength and determination.



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