Saudi press reports revealed that Al Hilal management decided to drop Neymar's name from the team's squad for the rest of this season due to his injury.
Neymar is scheduled to be absent until the end of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament tear during his participation with Brazil in the Uruguay match in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
According to reports, Al Hilal's management decided to enter the next winter transfer market with the aim of signing a foreign left-back at the request of coach Jorge Jesus.
SAFF regulations stipulate that there are a maximum of 10 foreign players in each team, and Al Hilal already has 8 players, and aspires to include more than one other player in the winter.
With Neymar won’t be available until the end of the season, the decision is to exclude him from the squad to be replaced by another player, and the Brazilian will return to the squad in the next season.
It is noteworthy that reports also suggested the departure of Michel Delgado in the next winter mercato, so that Al Hilal has the opportunity to include 4 foreign players.
Al Hilal top the Saudi league standings, and are close to qualifying for the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.