Yokohama — Neymar was missing from training on Monday, as
European champion Barcelona started its preparations for the FIFA Club World
Cup in Japan.
The influential Brazilian forward suffered a groin injury in
Germany last week during a training session for the Champions League match with
Bayer Leverkusen, which ended 1-1.
He is rated very doubtful for Barcelona's semifinal showdown
with China's Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.
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Barcelona was greeted by 226 children from its soccer school
in Tokyo when stepping on to the pitch at the Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama.
The children then sang the club's anthem, "El Cant del Barca," as the
players looked on.
The Spanish club has not won in three matches, while
Guangzhou is on a 28-match unbeaten run stretching back to May.For
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