Neymar ruled out of World Cup with fractured vertebra
The Barcelona forward’s injury, was the only downer as the hosts defeated their South American rivals 2-1, thanks to goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz, to progress into the semi-finals.
Neymar was taken off on a stretcher, after he took a knee to the back from defender Juan Zuniga and Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has confirmed that his tournament is over.
“It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover,” Lasmar said. “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play.”