Neymar injury has possible impact for Arsenal's £32m Sanchez offer

Maya Yoshida and Neymar Japan Brazil

Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to be heading to Arsenal, but do they need to worry about Neymar's injury?

Brazil are not the only ones counting the cost of Neymar's back injury sustained against Colombia.

Barcelona too are right to be highly concerned, about a player who sustained a fractured vertebrae during the World Cup quarter final.

Neymar was stretchered off in agony, and is reportedly struggling to sleep, due to the pain.

He has already been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup, and anticipating him to be ready for Barcelona's pre-season training camp later this month is over-optimistic.

Whether he is fit for August 23, the first date of the La Liga season is also a stretch. That places only a six week recovery period on his return to match fitness.

With Lionel Messi still participating at the World Cup and due an extended break, beyond that the club's main attacking options will remain on Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez could be a Barcelona player by then, but his extended FIFA ban prevents him from playing until mid-October.

La Liga fixtures are only announced at the end of July, but this is roughly seven fixtures he would miss along with a couple of Champions League games.

So for Barcelona if Neymar remains out for an extended period, selling Alexis Sanchez right now may not be such a great idea.

In a hotly contested league, with three teams separated at the top by just four points last season, a poor start could be costly.

Sanchez is the subject of interest from Arsenal, as well as Liverpool and Juventus, with the Gunners reported to be to be bidding £32 million for his services.

Yet with the exact length of time Neymar could be out of action for still to be determined, Barcelona's willingness to sell should not be taken for granted. Reports claiming the Spanish side could agree a fee, could quickly take a different slant if there is bad news from the Brazilian medical team.

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