Injured Neymar will attend Brazil's third place game

Injured Neymar will attend Brazil's third place game
July 10, 2014, 9:45 am
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Neymar scored four goals and recorded one assist in five matches for Brazil. (AP)

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Brazil's injured striker Neymar will attend Saturday's third place play-off when the battered World Cup hosts take on the Netherlands.

Neymar's absence dominated the build-up to Tuesday's humiliation. The Barcelona striker missed out after fracturing a vertebrae in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

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"Neymar will come here (to Brazil's World Cup base), he's going to accompany the team to Saturday's match," confirmed Brazil football federation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva to

Paiva announced the news at Brazil's World Cup headquarters in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, medics from the superstar striker's Barcelona club visited him at his home to check on the injury.

The team released a statement on its website:

FC Barcelona's Medical Services visited Neymar Jr at the player's home in Brazil this week. 

The Club's Medical Services confirmed the CBF's diagnosis that Neymar had fractured the L3 vertebrae in his back. 

The CBF and Barca's Medical Services are in agreement on the type of treatment the player will undergo in his recovery process. 

The player is recovering well and he'll continue his recovery in Barcelona starting on August 5.



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