Rio Ferdinand: 'Thiago Silva ban worrying for Brazil'

Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva celebrates scoring during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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Rio Ferdinand suggests that Thiago Silva's suspension could be more of a worry for Brazil than the injury to Neymar ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Germany.

Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Thiago Silva's suspension could be more worrying for Brazil than Neymar's injury ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Germany.

Brazil captain Silva picked up his second yellow card of the tournament on Friday during the team's quarter-final win over Colombia.

While Neymar's tournament-ending back injury has been the focus of discussion, ex-England international Ferdinand believes that Silva's absence could be more damaging to the host nation's hopes of reaching the final.

He tweeted: "Thiago silva missing the next game is arguably more worrying for Brazil than Neymar missing it. Best defender & leader. Willian & Dante in?"

Brazil and Germany play their World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday evening.

Brazil's forward Neymar is carried on a stretcher after he was injured following a tackle during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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