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Why is Neymar Jr. not playing for Brazil against Colombia in the Copa América?

Brazil will play at Levis Stadium on Tuesday evening to face Colombia in their last group match of the Copa América.

The Seleçãowill be among the favourites for the cup as always and they have many of the most sought-after attacking talents in the world. The Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes is expected to play for Brazil, while 17-year-old sensation Endryck will fight for a place in the starting lineup.

However, one name will not appear this summer: Neymar Jr.after the former Barcelona star suffered a serious knee injury last October. Neymar was playing for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay when he the anterior cruciate ligament has tornHe was carried off the field in tears and has not played since.

Neymar suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury in a defeat against Uruguay.ANDRES CUENCAREUTERS

When will Neymar Jr. return from his injury?

Even then, eight months before the tournament, it quickly became clear that Neymar would not play in the 2024 Copa América. The 32-year-old has a history of injuries and due to his advanced age, recovery will take some time.

He is currently playing for Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, for whom he only played five games before sustaining the injury. The club's physiotherapist Samer Al Shahrani has revealed that the Brazilian star is working on regaining the strength around his knee. Neymar appears to be making good progress and should return to the training ground in July.ready to start preparations for the new season of the Saudi Pro League.

Meanwhile, Neymar has continued his recovery in Los Angeles, where he has been training alongside the national team in preparation for this summer's tournament. He was visited by Vinicius, Raphinha and Marquinhos at the Drake Stadium last month and will be in the stands as Brazil attempt to reclaim the Copa América title.