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Despite Brazil's qualification to the World Cup semifinals past a Colombia side that fought until the very last minute, it wasn't all smiles and celebrations.
Neymar has fractured vertebrae, will miss the rest of the World Cup
07/04/2014
 
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Neymar of Brazil lies on the field after a challenge as teammate Mar...
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Neymar of Brazil lies on the field after a challenge as teammate Mar...Getty/Jamie McDonald


Brazil's team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar has confirmed Neymar has a broken third vertebrae and will miss the rest of the World Cup.


According to O Globo in Brazil, Neymar's injury is not a serious fracture, but he will be out of action between 4 and 6 weeks.

Despite Brazil's qualification to the World Cup semifinals past a Colombia side that fought until the very last minute, it wasn't all smiles and celebrations. Just a few minutes before the final whistle, Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuñiga knocked Neymar down with a blow to his back. 


Brazil's number 10 fell to the ground in pain as both teammate Marcelo and opposition player James Rodriguez showed their concern for the Barcelona player.


Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's concern was clear on his face at the press conference after the game in which he confirmed that Neymar had a very little chance of playing the semifinal game against Germany in Belo Horizonte next July 8. Later reports confirmed the seriousness of the injury that has now ended his World Cup participation.

Before Scolari's quotes, O Globo television also reported that Neymar has been taken straight to the hospital after the game to undergo tests. The TV station did not give more details on Neymar's physical condition.

Source: Globo
 
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