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Football: Neymar suffers ankle sprain in Barca Cup tie

Published on Jan 17, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Barcelona's Argentinian coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino (right) looks on as Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos (second left) is assisted off the field during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second-leg football match Getafe CF vs FC Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on Jan 16, 2014. Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey, last 16 second-leg match at Getafe on Thursday.

"Neymar sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow," said a statement on the club's official Twitter account.

The 21-year-old collapsed to the ground in pain after falling awkwardly as he tried to attempt a cross on the left side of the penalty box.

Alexis Sanchez replaced Neymar, but it was Lionel Messi, on his first start since returning from a hamstring injury, who opened the scoring just before half-time to put Barca 5-0 up on aggregate after their 4-0 win at the Camp Nou in the first-leg last week.