Brazil threaten doctors over false Neymar hope

Reports emerged on Sunday that the 22-year-old could feature in the World Cup final, should the Selecao make it, but there have been furious reactions to those claims
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has threatened to report doctors for recommending that Neymar play in the World Cup final.

The forward fractured a vertebra in Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday when Juan Zuniga kneed him in the back in the second half.

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The 22-year-old Brazil star was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup but, within a couple of hours of the quarter-final in Fortaleza, reports emerged that Neymar could play in the tournament decider if Brazil defeated Germany in their semi-final.

But CBF head doctor Jose Luiz Runco strenuously denied Neymar could be fit for the final, while the Brazilian governing body declared that it would report any doctors who had recommended pain-killing injections for breaching medical ethics.

Reports in the Brazilian media suggested that the doctors at Santos - Neymar's former club - had told both the player and his family that he could recover quickly enough to play in the final at the Maracana.

"There is absolutely no chance that Neymar will play," Runco told ESPN, however.

"Right now, Neymar has a stable injury to his spinal column, which needs bone healing.

"If the injury received any further impact it could become unstable, which would cause problems both to Neymar the player and the human being."