Brazil reached the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday, but the victory came with a high cost.
Barcelona star Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after suffering a fractured vertebrae, as Charles Reynolds of The Independent reported.
The 22-year-old was injured in a challenge with Colombia defender Juan Camillo Zuniga in the second period of the match, and his absence from the remainder of the World Cup finals was confirmed by team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
Lasmar was quoted as saying in The Independent article:
It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover.
Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play.
Neymar has played the starring role in Brazil's World Cup campaign so far, scoring four times to help the team into the last four where they will face Germany on Tuesday.
His absence for the rest of the finals will be a major loss for Luiz Felipe Scolari's team, but will it be a fatal blow to Brazil's hopes of winning the World Cup on home soil?
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