Saturday, July 05, 2014
SAD! END OF THE ROAD FOR NEYMAR AS HE BREAKS BACK IN BRAZIL'S WIN OVER COLOMBIA
Brazil star player, Neymar has being ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a broken bone in his back in their match against Columbia which they won 2-1.
Neymar fractured a vertebra in his spine when kneed in the back by Juan Zuniga in a challenge that went unpunished.
The Barcelona forward was in tears when he was carried off on a stretcher before being taken to hospital in Fortaleza.
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told local media in Brazil that Neymar will not kick another ball at the finals, expecting his recovery period to be at least four weeks.
'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.
The exact time (to play again) can be four to six weeks, but it is too early to confirm this. Let's wait for other tests.
This is the first diagnosis we had. Initially, we know he will not be able to play''.
Brazil coach Felipe Scolari had earlier feared that the injury could leave Neymar out of the next match. 'I don't think he'll be able to play in the next match.
He has been sent to a private clinic with the doctor because he was kneed in his lower back. He was crying in pain. It won't be easy for him to recover based on the fact that it's a back injury and with the pain he's in. Let's hope everything goes OK.
‘It might be that he could play in the final but at this moment, the next match is on July 8, I don’t think it is likely he can do it. But he is young, he has energy, he leads his life the right way and does all the right things. Let’s wait for the examination and see if there is something in the next 48 hours that can be done. In my opinion it’s going to be difficult''.
Scolari, who believed Neymar was hunted was furious that the challenge by Napoli defender, Zuniga on the Brazil starwent unpunished by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.
"Not even a yellow card, nothing'' the former Portugal coach queried
'Us and them played a violent game, It was a corner kick when Neymar went in front and he came to stop the ball, but the referee decided and there is no point thinking about a punishment.
"People think Germany, these or the others, only they are hunted, but not Neymar."
Zuniga, however, insisted that he never set out to injure Neymar.
'It was a normal move. I never meant to hurt a player. I was on the field, playing for the shirt from my country, not without the intent to injure. I was just defending my shirt.'
Crowds of unhappy Brazilian fans swelled outside the Sao Carlos Hospital in Fortaleza as news filtered through that their hero had been taken there.
Skipper Thiago Silva had opened the scoring in the first half before David Luiz's bullet free kick doubled Brazil's advantage after the break.
Colombian hero,James Rodriguez pulled a goal back from the spot with 10 minutes remaining but Jose Pekerman's side could not find an equaliser.
Brazil meet Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte and captain Thiago Silva will miss the game through suspension after picking up a second booking of the tournament against Colombia.