After Juan Zuniga kicked Neymar in the back and thefell to the ground, he just laid there. But it was not because he was in so much pain. He could not feel his legs.
Neymar feared himself paralyzed on the ground in Fortaleza. Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari recounted the conversation Neymar had with Marcelo.
"He said: ‘I can't feel my legs,'" Scolari told Marca.
"Marcelo was scared and called the doctor on but the doctor couldn't get on in the confusion. It was a big shock, the image of Neymar being stretchered off to the helicopter, in difficulty, crying."
Feeling returned to Neymar's legs and he was not paralyzed, but he still had a fractured vertebra. He is expected to miss four to six weeks, which will keep him out of the World Cup, but should allow him to return for the beginning of the Barcelona season.
As serious as a fractured vertebra is, when the initial fear is paralysis, it doesn't seem nearly as bad.