Neymar out of World Cup

Neymar is out of the World Cup after picking up a back injury during Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia.

Last Updated: 05/07/14 at 16:23 Post Comment

Neymar: Brazil star stretchered off the pitch in World Cup quarter-final

Neymar: Brazil star stretchered off the pitch in World Cup quarter-final

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Barcelona striker was taken to hospital after being injured in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia that kept the hosts on course for a sixth title.

Neymar, who has scored four goals in the tournament, went down after a challenge by Colombia's Juan Zuniga in the 88th minute and looked to be in some pain.

He had to be carried off on a stretcher and was replaced by defender Henrique.

Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari had initially said: "Neymar was kneed in the the lower back and was in a lot of pain. I don't know if he will be able to play the next game.

"It won’t be easy for him to recover, based on what the doctor told us and the pain he’s in."

The 22-year-old was in tears after taking a knee to the back from Zuniga and Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar later confirmed he had sustained a fractured vertebra that would end his World Cup.

"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."

A subsequent statement from the Brazilian football confederation said Neymar was likely to be out for around a month, meaning the final on July 13 - should Brazil get there - would come much too soon.

"Neymar is out of the World Cup," the statement read. "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."

Zuniga insisted he was "playing for the shirt from my country, not with the intent to injure", but Neymar was crying in pain as he left the stadium.

His absence will be a huge blow to Brazil, who will also be missing suspended captain Thiago Silva for the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property