recovery from what looked like a serious back injury after he was
stretchered off against Colombia.
The Brazil star was clattered into from behind by Colombia defender Juan Zuniga and sustained a heavy blow to his lower back.
knee appeared to connect with the base of Neymar’s spine in a clumsy
challenge, and the forward was in clear pain as he stayed down after the
The 22-year-old was then stretchered off and taken
straight to a nearby hospital in Fortaleza for X-rays and further
The host nation will be holding thumbs that
Neymar’s admission to hospital and the urgent calls of the medical staff
to bring out the stretcher were merely precautions ahead of Brazil’s
semi-final encounter with Germany.
Coach Luis Felipe Scolari is
already without influential centre-back Thiago Silva, who netted the
opening goal against Colombia but was then booked later in the game for