Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva sends message to Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar

Liverpool and Brazil international midfielder Lucas Leiva sends a message of support to his compatriot Neymar, who will miss the rest of the World Cup.

Brazil may have won their 2014 World Cup quarter-final clash against Colombia on Friday, but the victory came at a price.

In the closing stages of the encounter at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Neymar was taken off on a stretcher visibly in pain.

Colombia defender Juan Zuniga crashed into the back of the Barcelona forward, sending him sprawling to the ground.

The 22-year-old was subsequently taken to hospital, and it was later confirmed that he has suffered a broken vertebra.

Neymar will now miss the rest of the World Cup, and it is a big blow for Brazil, who have been relying on the former Santos star for much of the creativity up front.

The Barca star is arguably the best player in the current Brazil squad, and there are concerns that the Selecao will struggle without him.

The youngster has been receiving support from many footballing figures, who have wished him a quick recovery.

Joining the well-wishers is Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who posted the following picture and an emotional message on Instagram, writing: ‘Hard times help us grow... We are all praying that you recover as quickly as possible. Hugs brother! #forcaneymar’.

Brazil will take on Germany in the semi-finals at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on July 8.

It was not going to be easy with Neymar in the line-up, and without their talisman, it is going to be tougher for the five-time world champions.

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