Brazilian superstar ruled out of the tournament with a suspected fractured vertebrae.
Reports are emerging from Brazil this evening that will pour a degree of cold water in their dramatic World Cup quarter-final victory over Colombia – star man Neymar is set to miss the rest of the tournament with a suspected fractured vertebrae picked up late on in Fortaleza.
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar tells local media that Neymar is out of the World Cup with a fractured vertebra
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Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has told the media that Neymar will not play again in this year’s World Cup due to the injury, that was sustained in a fairly innocuous incident in the match against Colombia that took place within the last ten minutes.
He was, however, stretchered from the field and appeared to be in some considerable pain.
The news will come as a massive blow to Brazil, who have been reliant on the Barcelona forward for both goals and creativity so far in the tournament as Fred, Hulk and Oscar all struggle for form.
It was centre backs Thiago Silva and David Luiz who had to provide the goals against Colombia, picking up one a-piece in the 2-1 win.
With captain Silva also missing in the semi-final against Germany through suspension after he picked up a second tournament yellow card in Fortaleza, however, Joachim Low is likely to be rubbing his hands with the glee at the prospect of facing such a depleted Brazilian selection.