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Football: Neymar back in training and close to Barca return

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:03 AM
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior gestures during an open training session at the Mini Stadium in Barcelona on Jan 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Barcelona forward Neymar has trained with the squad for the first time since injuring his ankle last month and is close to a return to action, the club said on Monday.

The Brazil international damaged tendons in a King's Cup tie against Getafe on January 16, the latest setback for the 22-year-old who had not started a match since Christmas due to lack of fitness and a stomach bug.

"Neymar Jr has taken one more step in his recovery and had his first training session with the team on Monday morning," La Liga leaders Barca said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).

Barca will be protecting a 2-0 lead in their King's Cup semi-final second leg at Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

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