Neymar is expected to miss the rest of the 2014 World Cup after he suffered a fractured vertebra in his lower back during Brazil’s quarterfinal victory over Colombia, 2-1, on July 4.
With about five minutes left to play in the second half, Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zúñiga went after a loose ball but ended up driving his knee into the lower back of Neymar in the process.
Within seconds, the trainers attending to Neymar on the field called for a stretcher to carry him off.
Following the game, Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar stated that Neymar had a fractured vertebra in his lower back but the injury will not require surgery. The recovery time for his injury would take three to four weeks.
Neymar is currently tied for second in scoring during the World Cup with four goals behind James Rodriguez of Colombia, who has six goals, but after Brazil’s win over Colombia the tournament will continue without either one of them still playing.
— James H. Williams ✏️ (@JHWreporter) July 5, 2014