Injuries are part and parcel of the game but for Brazil star Neymar they seem to be becoming more and more common.
The Brazil star hobbled off early on during Brazil’s 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria last weekend and now faces four weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring strain.
The 27-year-old’s career has been hindered by injuries and following his world-record £198million move to Paris Saint-Germain he has been out of action for more than 300 days.
Here, Sportsmail looks at how the Brazil star’s injury nightmare has unfolded since he made the switch from Spain to France in the summer of 2017.
Injuries are becoming all too familiar to Brazil star Neymar as he finds himself on the sidelines
September 2017 – Four days out
Just over a month into his PSG career, the forward sustained a minor foot injury after initially hitting the ground running for his new side.
Neymar bagged four goals and four assists in his opening five Ligue 1 matches and he was not risked for PSG’s clash against Montpellier, which ended in a goalless draw.
It was nothing major but it was the start of a series of fitness problems for the former Barcelona man.
Just over a month into his Paris Saint-Germain career, the forward sustained a minor foot injury
November 2017 – 11 days out
The Brazilian found himself missing another game just two months later due to a minor muscle issue.
PSG boss at the time Unai Emery told reporters: ‘Neymar had a small blow to his muscle and didn’t feel well this morning. I spoke with the doctors and with him and we decided it’s best if he stays in Paris.’
It was claimed that Neymar was lacking in motivation to play to the point that he sat out the club’s 5-0 win over Angers in order to keep himself fresh for Brazil.
Neymar had already scored seven and created a further six goals in eight league matches as PSG led the way in Ligue 1 by four points.
Brazilian found himself missing another game just two months later due to minor muscle issue
February 2018 – 90 days out
Neymar and PSG suffered a major blow as the forward sustained a broken metatarsal in his right foot against Marseille.
The injury came at a crucial point of the 2017-18 campaign and from a personal point of view put Neymar’s World Cup in doubt.
He had to undergo an operation, was on crutches and had to wear a protective boot as he missed 16 games for his club. During his long spell on the sidelines, PSG crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage but they were crowned Ligue 1 champions and lifted the French Cup.
Neymar faced a race against time to be available to feature for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He was passed fit for the showpiece event last year and scored on his first start following the injury in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Austria on June 10, 2018 ahead of the tournament.
Neymar and PSG suffered a major blow as the forward sustained a broken metatarsal in 2018
November/December 2018 – 25 days out
Neymar notched two goals in Brazil’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals but he also made headlines for his theatrics off the ball.
Following the summer break the 27-year-old started the 2018-19 season well with a goal return of 10 from 13 league matches.
However by November of that campaign he was back in the medical room, this time with a groin injury.
Later in 2018 he picked up a groin injury eight minutes into Brazil’s match against Cameroon
The Brazilian had to be substituted after picking up the knock just eight minutes into Brazil’s match against Cameroon.
Neymar returned to club duty but in the first game back he was forced off with a recurrence of the same muscle problem.
‘I didn’t see Ney, but it’s more or less the same thing he had with his national team a couple of weeks ago,’ manager Thomas Tuchel said.
‘We spoke with Ney, all the physios, and they all told me, “No, no, there’s nothing serious”, but unfortunately he is still in pain now.
‘What I think is that he got out at the right time, he didn’t push it too hard.’
Neymar was forced off with a recurrence of same muscle problem when he returned to PSG
January 2019 – 85 days out
Eleven months on from an almost World Cup-ending injury Neymar damaged the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during PSG’s French Cup tie against Strasbourg.
‘Neymar is worried, because it’s the same foot, the right foot, in the same area,’ Tuchel said.
The Brazil forward looked to be in tears as he left the field at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar received treatment in Paris, Barcelona and Brazil during a lengthy spell on the sidelines and he admitted to crying for two days after re-breaking the bone.
He missed PSG’s Champions League last-16 clash against Manchester United, which the Ligue 1 side lost over two legs. The Brazilian eventually returned to the fold in April, just in time for PSG to seal the Ligue 1 crown.
Neymar damaged fifth metatarsal in right foot during PSG’s French Cup tie in January 2019
June 2019 – 90 days out
During a warm-up clash for the Copa America, Neymar’s hopes of starring in the competition were shattered as he sustained an ankle ligament injury.
The forward suffered the setback in the 20th minute of the Selecao’s 2-0 friendly victory over Qatar and had to be assisted off the pitch by medical staff. He could be seen crying and holding his face on the bench, as a huge padding of ice was used to treat the injury.
Neymar had to spectate as his team-mates won the Copa America on home soil last summer.
While the forward was on the sidelines he was heavily linked to a move away from the Parc des Princes.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in him but they expressed concerns over Neymar’s persistent foot injuries, according to reports in Spain.
Neymar sustained an ankle ligament injury, which ended his 2019 Copa America hopes
October 2019 – set to be out for 28 days
After agitating for a departure Neymar remained in France following the summer transfer window.
While still nursing his ankle injury in August, PSG fans demanded he left the club as ultras held up an x-rated banner during their first league game of the season.
Ahead of his return to the team the club’s ultras also warned Neymar that he would not be welcomed back to the team after pushing for an exit.
Neymar made his comeback on September 14 in the Ligue 1 clash against Strasbourg and it was the perfect return as he scored a last-minute winner.
He notched four goals in five games before another international break saw him suffer another injury. The forward sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of Brazil’s friendly against Nigeria.
Neymar, who is now set to be out for four weeks, has become accustomed to the treatment table and has certainly had more than his fair share of injuries.
Forward sustained a hamstring injury in first half of Brazil’s friendly against Nigeria last Sunday