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Brazil's star player Neymar will not play the rest of the World Cup. The striker suffered a fractured vertebra during the Brazil vs Colombia quarterfinal match on Friday. His team won but Neymar will miss rest of World Cup.
Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga kneed Neymar in the second half of the match, which Brazil won. Neymar was carried off on a stretcher from the field. The star striker was in tears while being carried away from the match that saw Brazil's 2-1 win.
The star striker was taken to a private clinic for his injury and further tests. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said that Neymar had fractured his third vertebra and needs to rest.
Brazil's star player is not in a condition to play. It will be a few weeks before he will be fit again, said Lasmar, while adding that Neymar is very sad.
Neymar is not expected to remain hospitalized as he won't require surgery, Lasmar further added.
Brazil's biggest star Neymar plays in forward position for his team. The 22-year-old had scored four goals for Brazil, until his injury in his first World Cup.
Neymar was injured in the 86th minute of the match played at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Juan Camilo Zuniga jumped into Neymar from behind, pushing his knee into the lower back of the Brazilian player. Neymar fell to the ground in pain and his teammate Marcelo immediately called for medical assistance. He had to be carried off on a stretcher.
According to Neymer's teammate Hulk, the star striker needs more protection from referees as he is constantly targeted by opponents.
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