Brazilian striker Neymar has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2014 World Cup after suffering a fractured vertebrae during Brazil’s quarter-final match against Colombia yesterday.
Brazilian Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar revealed the unfortunate news to Brazil’s SportTV:
“Neymar had a scan, which confirmed he had fractured his third vertebra. It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’s in pain and he’ll need to immobilise it to recover. He’ll have to have it immobilised with a belt for a few weeks to be able to get back to full mobility. Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play.” he said
Neymar, who suffered the injury after colliding with another player, was carried off in tears on a stretcher towards the end of their 2-1 victory over Colombia. He will be unable to play for about a month, ruling him out of Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany.