Barcelona have been boosted by the news that Brazilian star Neymar is ready for a return to action when they take on Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp this evening.
The 22-year-old has been out for four weeks after picking up an ankle injury against Getafe last month, but is set to feature for the Catalans tonight with his side involved in a three-way battle for the La Liga title.
"Neymar has been training fine, feels okay and has looked strong," said manager Gerardo Martino.
"He is now competing with the rest for a place. I don't like to talk about it as a test for him (against Rayo)."
After impressing in his first season at the club since his move from Santos last May, there was real fear that the forward could be out for an extended period after what appeared to be a significant injury to his ankle during the Copa del Rey win over Getafe on 16 January.
However the injury was not as damaging as first feared, with Neymar's sprained ankle healing in time for both the Champions League clash with Manchester City next week, and more importantly for his nation, the World Cup this summer.
Following his £50 million move, Neymar has netted nine times in 22 appearances for Barcelona, and his return comes as welcome news after their recent home defeat to Valencia.
Martino's side top La Liga on goal difference, in one of the tightest league campaigns for recent years which sees rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid also level on 57 points after 23 games.
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