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Neymar: Two centimetres lower and I could have been wheelchair-bound

Goal: The Brazil striker has revealed that he was fortunate to escape permanent disability after suffering a fractured vertebra in his side's 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Colombia.

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Rute2426d ago

I'm in no way accusing Neymar of being untruthful but this sounds very hard to believe... From what I understand, the vertebra was injured only in the "transverse process", which is a long and somewhat fragile protuberance on each side of every vertabral column. To my understanding, injuring the vertebra in such a way as to cause spinal cord damage leading to permanent disability would take a lot more force.