FC Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar is expected miss up to two weeks after getting the mumps. The 23-year-old striker will miss Barcelona’s UEFA Super Cup meeting with Sevilla on Tuesday and the Spanish Super Cup meetings with Athletic Bilbao on August 14 and 17.
The NHL suffered a mumps outbreak last season, with more than a dozen players (including superstar Sidney Crosby) getting the virus.
John Hopkins Medical Library lists some of the symptoms of parotitis, more commonly known as mumps, that include: discomfort in the salivary glands (in the front of the neck), which may become swollen and tender, difficulty chewing, pain and tenderness of the testicles, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.
It’s difficult to predict just how much time Neymar will miss as the extent of his symptoms are unknown. But Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on August 23 could be in danger for the Brazilian striker.
Neymar was allowed an extended leave from Barcelona’s preseason after playing with Brazil in the Copa America. Neymar was suspended from the tournament after headbutting a player after the final whistle in the game between Brazil and Colombia.
Barcelona released a statement on their website, saying Neymar had been vaccinated against the disease.
Neymar scored 39 goals last season in 51 games in all competitions as Barcelona won a historic second treble by winning the Champions League, the Spanish La Liga and the Spanish Cup.