Brazil football star fractures vertebrae (video)

Neymar was hurt at the 88th minute. Colombia's defender Juan Zuniga kneed him in the back. The referee only made a verbal warning , while Neymar was carted off on a stretcher and taken directly to the hospital.

The medical examination diagnozed that the Brazil striker had a fracture in his third lumbar vertebra. He will need 4 to 8 weeks to recover but no surgery.

Brazil made it to the World Cup semi-final where they would face Germany. This semi-final clash will take place at night before July 9, starting at 11 p.m., Minsk time.

Neymar has played 5 games at Brazil World Cup and scored 4 goals, say foreign media.