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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Injured neymar back for city clash

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos

Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar should have recovered in time to feature in the Spanish club's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at Manchester City on February 18 after an ankle injury proved less serious than feared.

A scan has confirmed Neymar had damaged tendons in his right ankle in Thursday's 2-0 King's Cup last 16, second-leg win at Getafe, which sent Barca through to the quarter-finals 6-0 on aggregate, and club medical staff estimated he would be sidelined for three to four weeks.

"What a scare!" Neymar wrote on his Instagram account. "When I fell I thought of a lot of bad things. I thought it could have been a serious injury, I thought about my plans for 2014. But Jesus, once again, was with me and it was just a scare."

Irish Independent

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