Brazil’s star player, and nation’s heartthrob – Neymar – has, unfortunately, been ruled out of the World Cup with a broken bone in his back which he picked up in the quarter-final win over Colombia. Hosts Brazil overcame a spirited Colombia team 2-1.

He sustained a broken vertebra in his spine when a challenged from Juan Zuniga broke his back.

22-year-old, Neymar was in tears and had to be stretchered off before being taken to hospital.

An angry Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari alleged: “Neymar was going to be hunted. For three matches that has been happening.”

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar revealed to local Brazilian channel: “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play. He is very, very sad. It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover.”

Lasmar went on to say that he expected the recovery period to take “at least a few weeks.”

Beymar has featured in all five of Brazil’s matches so far at this World Cup and is their top scorer with four goals.

Neymar’s stats 2014 FIFA World Cup:

Neymar Stats at the World Cup

Matches

5

Minutes

457

Goals scored

4

Assists

1

Neymar was not at his best on Friday and got injured in at the end when Napoli defender Zuniga challenged him for a header, with referee Carlos Velasco Carballo taking no action whatsoever.

Scolari raged: “Not even a yellow card, nothing. People think Germany, these or the others, only they are hunted, but not Neymar.”

Colombia defender Zuniga insisted: “I never meant to hurt a player. It was a normal move. I was playing for the shirt from my country, not with the intent to injure. I was just defending my shirt.”

Meanwhile, Neymar’s Argentine counterpart and team-mate Lionel Messi has also wished him a speedy recovery.

Messi, on his Facebook page, wrote: “Neymar, I hope you recover soon, buddy!”

Brazil themselves were no saint committing 31 fouls during a feisty encounter while their South American neighbours made 23.

Hosts and five-time champion Brazil will take on Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte at 01:30 AM on Tuesday.

Brazil were also dealt a huge blow as their best defender and captain Thiago Silva is also set to miss semi-final through suspension as PSG centre-back picked up a second booking of the tournament against Colombia.