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Injury puts Brazil's Neymar out of World Cup

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Injury puts Brazil's Neymar out of World Cup

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Brazilian star Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to injury, dealing a major blow to the host country in their bid to take this year’s trophy.

The striker was taken off in a stretcher late in Friday’s quarter final match after taking a knee to the back from Colombia defender Juan Zuniga.

The Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar had fractured a vertebra in his back adding that he would not have to have surgery, but would now need “a few weeks” to recover.

22-year-old Neymar, who also plays for Spanish club Barcelona, has scored four goals for his national side during this year’s World Cup matches.