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Neymar out of World Cup, according to Brazil doctor
The hosts’ talisman has broken vertebrae after tonight’s game.

BRAZIL STAR Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup here Friday with a back injury, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.

Lasmar told reporters Neymar suffered a fracture in the third verterbra of his back during Brazil’s bruising 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia.

“The exam showed he suffered a fracture of the third vertebra” in his back, Lasmar said.

Neymar was carried off grimacing in agony after a heavy challenge from Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga toward the end of Brazil’s 2-1 win in Fortaleza.

The Barcelona superstar has been integral to Brazil’s World Cup campaign so far, scoring four goals en route to the last four.

- © AFP, 2014

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