Barcelona forward Neymar has spoken out on his injury.
Brazilian superstar Neymar’s World Cup campaign was cruelly cut short on Friday as he picked up a late injury during the Selecao's 2-1 victory over Colombia.
With just a matter of minutes left on the clock, Colombia defender Juan Zuniga inadvertently dashed into the Barcelona forward’s lower-back and left the star wriggling in agony on the ground.
After being stretchered off, it was later confirmed that Neymar had broken a vertebrate in his spine, ruling him out of action for at least four weeks and cutting his memorable World Cup short.
“To the Brazilian people, players, technical staff and fans, this is a difficult moment, I’m lost for words to say what is going through my head and in my heart. I’m just going to say that I will return as soon as possible, when least expected,” Neymar said of his injury, according to Mundo Deportivo.
While Neymar’s personal objective of helping Brazil to World Cup glory is over, the 22-year-old believes that the dream of being champions is not over.
“I want to say that my dream is not over," he said. "It was interrupted by a move, but it will continue. I’m certain that my teammates will do everything they can to make my dream of being a champion come true.”
Despite the rallying call, Brazil face a tough ask of completing the nation’s dream as they face a buoyant Germany side without their star striker and the suspended Thiago Silva.
The game has all the hallmarks of a classic, and the Germans will be seeking revenge for their 2-0 World Cup final loss to the Brazilians in Japan and South Korea 12 years ago.