The host nation is without its star man for the rest of the tournament and will need a new source of inspiration to make the final
The Barcelona forward suffered a fractured vertebra following a clash with Jose Zuniga in Friday’s 2-1 win over Colombia and was ruled out of the rest of the competition.
Reports in the Brazilian media claimed on Sunday that the 22-year-old could feature if Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side makes the final, but his participation in this tournament is over after team doctors ruled him out.
In the absence of Neymar, Scolari is set to choose between Willian, Bernard, Oscar and Hernanes to fill in for the team’s most famous player.
Captain Thiago Silva is also out after picking up a second yellow card in this competition against Colombia. The Paris Saint-Germain defender will be replaced by Bayern Munich’s Dante for the clash with Germany.
Brazil and Germany have only met once before at a World Cup and that was in the 2002 final when the Selecao won 2-0.
There are no survivors from either side in the two squads this time around, but Scolari was the coach in his first spell as Brazil boss.
Like Scolari, who also made the last four with Portugal in 2006, Germany coach Joachim Low is involved in a World Cup semifinal for the third time. He lost out to winner Spain in 2010 and also assisted former boss Jurgen Klinsmann as the Mannschaft were beaten by Italy at home in 2006.
Shkodran Mustafi is sidelined for the rest of the tournament after picking up a thigh injury in the last 16 against Algeria, while Per Mertesacker has been laid low with flu, which affected a total of seven Germany players.
Germany has yet to play in Belo Horizonte at this World Cup, but Brazil – unbeaten at home since a 1-0 defeat to Paraguay in 2002 – returns to the scene of last week’s win on penalties against Chile in the last 16.
Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho; Hulk, Oscar, Willian; Fred
Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze