After tests on Friday morning, Barcelona have confirmed that forward Neymar has suffered a sprain in his right ankle which will rule him out for between three and four weeks.
The injury was suffered in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory in the Copa del Rey against Getafe on Thursday night.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Tests conducted on Friday morning have confirmed that Neymar has sprained peroneal tendons in his right ankle. He is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.”
The injury will certainly rule the striker out for the next three league games against Levante, Malaga and Valencia, along with the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Levante.
However, the Catalans will be hoping to have him back for the league game against Rayo Vallecano, two days before the mouth-watering last-16 tie against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.
The news is a big blow to Barcelona who are only ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference in the race for the league title. Neymar has hit a particularly rich vein of form over the last few months, evident in the fact that he has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists to the team so far this season.
With Lionel Messi only just returning from a two month injury lay-off, Barcelona will be hoping to welcome Neymar back into the fold as soon as possible to maintain their challenge for titles both at home and in Europe.
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