Neymar out of World Cup, according to Brazil doctor

The hosts’ talisman has broken vertebrae after tonight’s game.

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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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