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Neymar Fractured Vertabra – Out of World Cup

The 22-year-old Brazilian playmaker fractured a vertebra in his back when he was kneed in a challenge by Juan Zuniga.

This means that Brazil will be without their two most important players for the semi-final match against Germany with Thiago Silva also out because of yellow card accumulation.

In a game in which the referee wasn’t using much in the way of yellow and red cards, the challenges kept increasing to the final whistle.

Neymar was in tears when he carried off on a stretcher, before being taken to hospital in Fortaleza.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said: “Neymar was going to be hunted. For three matches that has been happening.”

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told Brazil’s SportTV: “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play. He is very, very sad.”

“It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover.”

Zuniga said: “I never meant to hurt a player. It was a normal move.
“I was playing for the shirt from my country, not with the intent to injure. I was just defending my shirt.”

Watch the video of the incident here:

Read More: bbc.com


  1. Anwar Khan Photo's

    July 5, 2014 at 7:57 am

    there has been some very bad knee tackles throughout the world cup….brazil were also trying to get Rodrigueze out of the game. the brazillian players were going in hard on him….ref should have brought that under control, and the game wouldn’t have been so rough…..my opinion only…..

  2. Pitchdish.com

    July 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Anwar – absolutely. The referee put too much attention on not giving cards (and causing players to miss semi-final matches), and forgot about protecting the players in that game. That challenge should of never happened, and absolutely should of been cautioned.

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