Sunday 11 December 2016

Neymar to miss Super Cup clashes due to mumps

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

Barcelona's Neymar eludes AS Roma's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to score a goal during a friendly match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona's Neymar eludes AS Roma's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to score a goal during a friendly match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's Brazil striker Neymar has been ruled out for two weeks with the mumps.

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Neymar has been diagnosed "despite the fact that he had previously been vaccinated against the disease", according to the club's website

Neymar will miss both the European and Spanish Super Cups and is doubtful for the Spanish league opener.

Barcelona play Sevilla in the European Super Cup tomorrow. They then face Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup on August 14 and 17 before visiting Bilbao again on August 23 to start the Spanish league.

Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin's team bus was shot at by a motorcyclist while it was travelling to Bielefeld railway station to pick up the squad ahead of today's German Cup match.

Hertha published a photograph of the damaged bus windscreen on their website and said driver Stefan Behrendt was unhurt.

"We are deeply shocked and hope the perpetrators will be caught. Luckily our bus driver got away with just a fright," Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said.

Hertha are due to play at second tier Arminia Bielefeld in the first round of the cup today.

Elsewhere, assistant coach Franck Passi will take charge at Marseilles on a caretaker basis after Marcelo Bielsa's shock resignation, the club's president, Vincent Labrune, said yesterday.

Bielsa resigned after a 1-0 home defeat against Caen on Saturday in the first Ligue 1 game of the season, citing a contract dispute.

Robbie Keane scored one and created another as LA Galaxy came from behind to beat Seattle Sounders 3-1 in the MLS last night.

Keane scored his 11th goal of the season, Galaxy's second, after being set up by former Barca player Giovani dos Santos, before returning the favour for the Mexican forward to set up LA's third goal.

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