Neymar will have to watch from his sofa, but that will not stop Brazil from beating Germany, according to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Brazil and Germany will lock horns on Tuesday night for a place in the World Cup final.
For the first time at this World Cup, Scolari will have to do without Neymar, who is out of the tournament because of a back injury he sustained against Colombia.
Bernard and Willian, the two favourites to replace Neymar in the starting XI, are nowhere near as good as the 22-year-old Barcelona star, but Scolari has faith in his team to get the job done.
"Neymar is one of our references and one of the best players in the world, but we have another 22 players who have been hand-picked and capped because we know they are special," the Brazil coach said.
"Those guys who come in are special. They can make a big difference. This is what we are conveying to our players. We will miss Neymar, but we have a team who can overcome the difficulties and go on into the next round.
"That's the goal the group has had since the beginning: to qualify for the final."
Neymar's best and worst moments of the 2014 World Cup
Neymar's best and worst moments of the 2014 World Cup
1/9 Neymar scores his first against Croatia
After going a goal behind in the very first match of the tournament courtesy of a Marcelo own goal, Neymar got his tally off the mark as he scored from long range to drag Brazil level.
2/9 He adds his second in controversial circumstances
Despite a stop-start, jerky run up, Neymar converts from the penalty spot to give Brazil the lead and they would go on to secure a 3-1 victory. However, the Croatians were infuriated by what they perceived as a dive from striker Fred to win the penalty. Not that it mattered to Neymar, who duly took his chance from the spot.
3/9 But was he lucky to be on the pitch?
A stray elbow on Luka Modric could have warranted a red card for Neymar, but he escaped with a yellow and was on hand to score later in the match when the opportunity arose.
4/9 Tears of pride
Neymar in tears during the Brazil national anthem before the game with Mexico, such is the importance of the occasion
5/9 Neymar left frustrated against Mexico
An unimpressive Brazil side were left hugely frustrated by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. In a man-of-the-match display, Ochoa kept out a close range header from Neymar to see the match end as a goalless draw.
6/9 Back on form and back in the goals
You can’t keep a quality player quiet for long though, and unfortunately for Cameroon, their dismal World Cup campaign came to an end at the hands of another Neymar brace. Taking his tally to four goals, Neymar put himself in the reckoning for the Golden Boot, although his injury has put paid to that dream for now.
7/9 Caught with his pants down
Despite being the poster boy of Fifa’s World Cup, the governing body confirmed that they were investigating Neymar for allegedly breaching sponsorship rules by partially showing the top of his underwear that may or may not have been part of a sponsorship stunt. Eventually, Fifa conformed they would take no further action.
8/9 Neymar’s penalty prowess sees off Chile
After a hard-fought 120 minutes, Brazil and Chile were locked at 1-1 courtesy of David Luiz and Alexis Sanchez strikes. Mauricio Pinilla and Sanchez both saw their penalty shootout efforts saved by Julio Cesar, but Willian and Hulk followed suit. With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Neymar coolly slotted home from the spot, which turned out to be the match-winner as Gonzalo Jara then hit the post to send Brazil through to the quarter-finals.
9/9 One assist, no goals and a trip to hospital sees Neymar done
The forward had seen his impact in the quarter-final against Colombia somewhat limited due to the rough and tumble nature of the match – although the Brazilians were just as guilty of using the tactic against James Rodriguez. His corner allowed Thiago Silva to bundle the ball across the line for the opener, before Juan Camilo Zuniga’s ill-timed knee in the back cracked on of Neymar’s vertebrae and ended his run at this year’s World Cup.
Scolari invited Neymar to the semi-final in Belo Horizonte, but the Brazil Football Federation said the forward will instead be recuperating in Sao Paulo.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva has branded Juan Zuniga a "coward" for causing the injury that ended Neymar's World Cup.
Silva defended Zuniga immediately after Brazil's quarter-final win, insisting the Napoli defender did not have any "nastiness" in him.
However, the Paris St Germain defender has clearly had a change of heart on the matter.
"It was a coward's tackle," Silva said.
"Some people say it was normal, but I don't think it was.
"That kind of challenge isn't done. You can't get the ball from someone by putting your knee into a player's back, it's not normal."
Video: Willian likely to replace Neymar
World football's governing body also confirmed on the eve of the Germany game that Silva's appeal against his second yellow card of the tournament, which came when he blocked Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, had failed.
That means Brazil's captain will be banned from the semi-final, much to his annoyance.
"I was trying to avoid making fouls against Colombia. I think it was the only one I committed in the match, so it's difficult not being in this game and I'll suffer," he said.
"It'll be tough but I don't think my mission is complete in this World Cup.
"It's made the group more united, the fact that Neymar and I can't play. It strengthens the group immensely."
Silva is sure his replacement, Dante, will do a good job against the Germans.
"He's ready," said Silva, who will hand the captain's armband to David Luiz.
"He works very hard. He is one of the first out at training and one of the last to leave, so he has the energy and the skills."