Barcelona - Barcelona forward Neymar has a sprained ankle
and is struggling to face Elche on Sunday, the club said on Friday.
"Neymar had a pain in his left ankle after finishing
training on Thursday and tests have shown that the player has a grade one
sprain," a statement read.
The Brazilian was only given the all-clear by medical staff
at the Camp Nou on Monday after fracturing a vertebra playing for his country
in the World Cup quarter-final against Colombia in early July.
Neymar looked lively in Barca's final friendly match against
Mexican outfit Leon on Monday in which they won 6-0 and he bagged a brace.
Barca kick off the season at home to Elche under new coach
Luis Enrique having had an overhaul of the team following their first season
without a major trophy in six years.Luis Suarez leads the list of arrivals after a
65 million pounds ($107.76 million) transfer from Liverpool but he will not be
available until late October due to his ban for biting at the World Cup. ($1 =
0.6032 British Pounds).
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