Brazil plot Neymar's return for World Cup final

04:23, Jul 07 2014
David Luiz
WATCHING HIS WORK: Brazil's David Luiz looks on in hope as his free-kick travels toward the net - it goes in to give the World Cup hosts a 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal against Colombia.
David Luiz
CELEBRATION: Brazil's David Luiz runs excitedly after scoring a stunning goal from a free-kick in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
TRIPPED UP: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was carded for this challenge on Colombia's Carlos Bacca. The ensuing spot kick went in.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
LOVES THE HULK: A Brazil fan shows his support for star player Hulk.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
GREAT GOAL: Brazil's Paulinho leaps onto his captain Thiago Silva to celebrate the opening goal of their quarterfinal against Colombia.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
IT'S IN: Brazil captain Thiago Silva nudges in a loose ball from a Neymar corner to open the scoring in their quarterfinal against Colombia.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
OUCH: Brazil star Neymar clutches his back after a challenge from Colombia's Camilo Zuniga. He was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
Mathieu Debuchy
ON THE UP: Mathieu Debuchy heads the ball in France's quarterfinal against Germany.
Mathieu Debuchy
AERIAL TUSSLE: France's Patrice Evra fights for the ball with Germany's Thomas Mueller in the teams' World Cup quarterfinal encounter.
Mathieu Debuchy
MATCH-WINNER: Germany's Mats Hummels celebrates scoring the goal that put his team through to the World Cup semifinals.
Mathieu Debuchy
OUT OF REACH: France's Hugo Lloris was unable to save Mats Hummels strike.
Gonzalo Higuain
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their quarterfinal.
Argentina v Belgium
Argentina's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during his sides quarterfinal against Belgium.
Gonzalo Higuain goal
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina fires in the first and only goal in the eighth minute of his sides quarterfinal victory over Belgium.
Argentina v Belgium
Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium.
Argentina v Belgium
Belgium's Kevin Mirallas heads the ball narrowly wide as Argentina's Jose Basanta and Ezequiel Garay look on.
Argentina v Belgium
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio watches as Belgium's Dries Mertens makes contact.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands controls the ball during his sides quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Tim Krul
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after winning their penalty shootout in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Netherlands v Costa Rica
The Netherlands players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in their quarterfinals against Costa Rica.
Tim Krul
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul makes the winning save in the penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes one of many saves against the Netherlands.
Clearance
Costa Rica's Johnny Acosta clears the ball off the line during extra time against the Netherlands.

World Cup hosts Brazil are considering giving injured playmaker Neymar painkillers so he can play in next week's final should they get past Germany on Wednesday, according to local media reports.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has also submitted evidence to FIFA in an attempt to have influential captain Thiago Silva's suspension lifted so he can play in their World Cup semifinal in Belo Horizonte.

FIFA confirmed today that its disciplinary committee was "analysing material" submitted by the five-time champions in an attempt to overturn the Paris Saint-Germain defender's automatic ban for a second yellow card.

Silva was cautioned for obstructing Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina as he tried to clear the ball downfield during Brazil's 2-1 quarterfinal win over their South American rivals.

According to FIFA's disciplinary code, yellow cards can be rescinded only in "exceptional circumstances", and any ruling in the hosts' favour would leave FIFA open to accusations of bias.

But the CBF claims Silva was "unjustly shown" a yellow card and should be allowed to face the Germans on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Brazilian media reports claim that national team staff travelled to Neymar's home at the weekend to discuss his chances of playing through the pain barrier if the Selecao were to reach the final.

The Barcelona striker suffered a fracture to his third lumbar vertebra after a robust tackle by Colombia's Juan Zuniga in the dying moments of the quarterfinal and was ruled out for the rest of the World Cup.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed that the 22-year-old star cried out ''I can't feel my legs'' before he was stretchered off and flown to hospital, where the injury was confirmed.

But according to medical experts quoted in the Brazilian press, injuries to this vertebra were less problematic than to others.

Neymar
DOWN AND OUT: Neymar suffered a fracture to his third lumbar vertebra after a robust tackle by Colombia's Juan Zuniga.

However, Brazilian newspaper Globo said even pain-killing injections may not be enough to get Neymar back onto the field.

"There is no guarantee of success, the chances are small," the paper admitted.

The CBF has also called for an investigation into the "violent challenge" by Zuniga, who has since apologised for the tackle but insisted there was no malice involved.

Wednesday's match will be only the second time the two countries have met at the World Cup finals. Brazil won the only previous meeting 2-0 to claim their fifth world title in Japan.

The winners will face Argentina or the Netherlands, who meet in the other semifinal on Thursday, in the final in Rio de Janeiro next Monday.

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