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Brazil Star Neymar Out Of World Cup With Broken Vertebra

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Defender Marcelo shouts for help after Brazil's forward Neymar was injured during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014. Brazil star Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after that 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. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN        (Source: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Defender Marcelo shouts for help after Brazil’s forward Neymar was injured during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014. Brazil star Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after that 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. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Source: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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FORTALEZA, Brazil (CBSMiami) – Brazil soccer star Neymar has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after being injured during Friday’s quarterfinal victory over Colombia.

Neymar suffered a broken vertebra after colliding with Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute.  Zuniga’s knee went into the back of Neymar who had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed that Neymar had broken the third vertebra in the lumbar region of his back, according to ESPN.

“It is a benign fracture,” explained Lasmar. “The news is hard to take, but he will not be available at this World Cup.

The fracture won’t require Neymar to have surgery but he will need physiotherapy treatment to help ease the pain.

Brazilian fans gathered around the Fortaleza hospital where he was taken to show support for their fallen star.

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