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Neymar is a doubt for opening La Liga game due to injury

Barcelona star Neymar is likely to miss the La Liga season opener against Elche on Sunday after spraining his ankle, the Catalan giants confirmed on Twitter.

The 22-year-old Brazilian forward, who has just recovered from a back injury (fractured vertebra) suffered at the World Cup – scored twice during 6-0 friendly win over Mexican side Leon on Monday.

“Tests have shown a grade one sprain,” read as a club’s official website.

“His return to training will depend on how the injury treatment evolves.”

It results as a major blow to new boss Luis Enrique following their first season without having a major trophy in six years.

Neymar has made 26 La Liga appearances last season, scoring nine goals.

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