The World Cup took another twist and turn on Friday as Brazil and Barcelona stat Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after Brazil’s team doctor confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra in the quarterfinal victory against Colombia.
Neymar was involved in a late collision with Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute. Neymar appeared to take a knee in the back, and as the medical staff came out to attend to the forward, they decided to stretcher him off the field.
The forward was swiftly taken down the tunnel while covering his face with his arm and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar broke the third vertebra in the lumbar region of his back.
“It is a benign fracture,” Lasmar said. “This news is not easy, but he will not be available at this World Cup.
“The fracture does not require surgery. There will be a conservative treatment; [he] will need physiotherapy and comfort to ease the pain.”
The Selecao booked their place in the last four thanks to goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz, with James Rodriguez’s penalty proving just a consolation.
It’s a huge blow for Brazil as Neymar is literally the face of the World Cup. He is the one player in the Brazil side that can decide a game on his own. Without him against Germany in the semi-final next week you wonder where that bit of creatively to break down the German defense will come from.
There was more bad news for Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil will also be without their best defender against Germany as as centre-back Thiago Silva, who received his second yellow card of the tournament against Colombia, will be suspended.