Brazil has been dealt a huge blow with the news that they will have to play without star forward Neymar for the rest of the tournament.
Neymar was taken off on a stretcher in the 88th minute of Brazil‘s 2-1 win over Colombia after getting kneed in the back by Juan Camilo Zuniga. He was immediately taken to a local hospital in a tremendous amount of pain and a short time later, Brazil’s team doctor confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the World Cup with a fractured vertebra.
Rodrigo Lasmar told Brazil’s SportTV: “It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilize it to recover.
“Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play,” said Lasmar, adding that he expected the recovery period to take at least a few weeks.