Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 World Cup: Brazil striker Neymar to miss rest of World Cup after sustaining back fracture

Neymar after taking a knee to the back from Zuniga

Brazil 2-1 win over Colombia was tinged with concern over the fitness of Barcelona forward Neymar, who left the field on a stretcher in the closing stages.

Neymar, 22, who is joint second top scorer in the tournament with four goals, was in tears after taking a knee to the back from Juan Zuniga, with Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirming he had sustained a fractured vertebra that will end his World Cup.

"The exam showed he suffered a fracture of the third vertebra" in his back, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.

"It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilise it to recover," "Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play." Lasmar said.

The Brazil football confederation (CBF) confirmed in a statement that Neymar is likely to be absent for around a month, ruling the striker out of Tuesday's semi-final against Germany and the final, should Brazil get there, on July 13.

The statement read: "Neymar is out of the World Cup. The player suffered a fracture of the third vertebra and will not be able to recover in time to compete in the remaining two games of the World Cup - the recovery time predicted by the Brazilian team's medical department is four weeks."

His absence will be a huge blow to Brazil, who will also be missing suspended captain Silva for their semi-final with Germany.

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