Viral Infection Rocks Fatigued Neymar and Al Hilal as 5 Players Forced to Miss Crucial Knockout Game

Published 09/25/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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The King’s Cup returns with clubs gearing up to seize the coveted trophy. Al Hilal is ready to take on Al Jabalain, a team competing in Division 1. Neymar and his teammates will make their way to the Prince Abdul Aziz bin Musa’ed Stadium for the match. However, players of the club are facing a challenging situation, battling extreme fatigue and contending with a reported infection case.

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Jorge Jesus is looking to bench 5 of his players. Al Jabalain has a good record in the Division 1 and currently sits in the 5th position. The Hail-based club will look to make things worse for Al Hilal.

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Jorge Jesus is facing a crisis in team selection. Some of his best players are a doubt to feature in the King’s Cup tie against Al Jabalain. The list of players who will be out for the match also entails the name of Neymar, the new multi-million dollar signing.

Neymar’s start to the Saudi Pro League hasn’t lived up to his standards. Although he provided an assist and fired a blank in his debut match, his performance has not been up to the mark. Along with him, the club will face the absence of Michel Delgado and Ali Al Bulaihi.

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Meanwhile, goalkeeper Muhammad Al Owais has been diagnosed with influenza which will keep him out of the upcoming games for some time. The club’s midfielder Musab Al Jawir will also miss the match due to a national call-up. Jorge Jesus will have to win the away fixture with the remaining men at his disposal.

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Neymar also faced backlash after his mediocre performance against Darmac. The cameras caught him looking unengaged and bored during the strategic team talks. The Brazilian stood his ground as he gave a stern reply.

Neymar shuts fan with stern reply

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Neymar recently made the move to the SPL and he is now finding himself grappling with the challenges of adapting to a different playing environment. Amid this transition, a viral Instagram video surfaced that captured Ney’s seemingly disinterested demeanor during team discussions. The accompanying caption hinted at the possibility that the forward’s enthusiasm for the game might be waning.

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However, Neymar swiftly responded to the post with a succinct but stern comment: “Stop Posting Sh*t”. This retort underscores his unwillingness to indulge in negativity and his belief that there’s more to the situation than meets the eye. Having weathered criticism from fans during his stint at Parc des Princes, Neymar remains adept at handling such adversity with resilience and composure.

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Neymar has enough chances to prove that he is the right fit for the team. The multi-million dollar tag brings about a lot of expectations and it isn’t easy to adapt quickly. Given time, the Brazilian will likely prove his worth and bring smiles back to the faces of the Al Hilal supporters.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil Banerjee, an adept soccer writer at EssentiallySports, embodies an unwavering passion for Chelsea Football Club, a team he has fervently supported since his childhood. With an innate ability to remain current on the latest developments in the soccer sphere, Neil possesses a distinct advantage in understanding the nuances of the sport. His profound appreciation for the tactical and analytical facets of the game underscore his belief that the true beauty of soccer lies within its intricacies of strategy.
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