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Neymar carried off with ankle injury

17 January 2014, 11:36

Barcelona - Neymar lasted less than 25 minutes of his return to Barcelona's starting lineup for their King's Cup last 16 clash at Getafe as he was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

It is the latest setback for the Brazil forward who had not started a match for the Catalan side since Christmas due to a lack of match fitness and then a stomach bug last week.

Neymar twisted his ankle when he turned awkwardly close to the touchline and had to be replaced.

He has a tear to a "tendon of his right ankle", said a club statement, and further tests will be carried out on Friday.

However, Barca coach Gerardo Martino played down the extent of the injury after the match, which his side won 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals 6-0 on aggregate.

"The situation didn't look good when you saw it happen and you thought he might be out for a while but thank God it is not as serious as it appeared and he'll be back playing soon," he told a news conference.

"The doctors after the game have said it is not so bad and so if tests confirm it then it is not something serious."

- Reuters


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