Barcelona likely to receive £48.6m star injury boost in time for Man City clash

The Brazilian could have been out for the remainder of the season after he fell awkwardly on his ankle last night but may return for Manchester City ties.

Barcelona’s Neymar could be out for just three to four weeks after rolling his ankle in a Copa Del Rey tie against Getafe. Barcelona won the match 2-0, progressing with a 6-0 aggregate win.

The forward was stretchered off in what looked to be a long-term problem but the injury is nothing more than a sprain. Some believed it could have been serious enough to rule him out of the Brazil side for the World Cup in the summer, something which would have been a dent to their chances of lifting the trophy in their own country.

But those fears have been allayed - the Brazilian could be fit to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in their round of 16 first leg match in the Champions League.

The 21-year-old has scored 10 goals in all competitions so far this season for the La Liga champions, three of which have come in the Champions League, and has also provided 12 assists in all competitions.

With or without Neymar, Barcelona were going to carry a significant threat to Manchester City, so it is a massive boost for the four time European Champions ahead of this tie.

He was quoted at the Ballon D’or ceremony earlier this month that he would like to win the Champions League and said of City: ‘Manchester City are a really strong side with outstanding players, and we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to get through the tie.’

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