FIFA Update, Video: Neymar Jr. is out of World Cup, says team doctor

Brazil paid a heavy price for their 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday (Saturday, Philippine Time), with football superstar Neymar Jr. suffering a fractured vertebra that will cause him to miss the rest of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.

Neymar is out of World Cup, says team doctor

In a report from, Neymar was taken to the city’s Hospital Sao Carlos, where it was confirmed that his third vertebra had been broken. The news that neither his team nor his country wanted to hear was announced by the Brazil’s medical staff at the Estadio Castelao.

“Neymar had a scan, which confirmed he had fractured his third vertebra,” said Brazilian Football Association (CBF) doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. “In terms of the recovery process, it’s a fracture that heals quickly, but unfortunately he’ll be in no condition to play next week.”

Neymar is injured

Lasmar said: “It’s not serious in the sense that it requires surgery, but he’s in pain and he’ll need to immobilise it to recover. He’ll have to have it immobilised with a belt for a few weeks to be able to get back to full mobility.”

Watch: Neymar Injury vs Colombia (Brazil vs Colombia) - FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 (video)

Neymar sustained the injury in the closing stages of the match, under a challenge from a Colombian defender. The sight of the stricken No10 being carried off and then taken to hospital for scans dampened the spirits of the Brazil fans as they celebrated their side’s qualification for the last four.

While the confirmation that Neymar’s tournament is over was greeted with dismay and sadness, his team-mates are already thinking about how to make up for his absence, Hulk among them. “It’s very sad news,” said the forward. “Nobody expected this.

“We are delighted with the win but sad about this news. It’s all very frustrating. Neymar really looks after himself. He was so excited about the World Cup and he’d helped us so much. We have to get over this and run even harder for him. We’re going to try and be the champions anyway and dedicate the title to him.”

Here's the current standing of Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2014:

standing of Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2014

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