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.