Barcelona Play Down Neymar’s Injury

.As Messi Brace Wrecks Getafe In Copa del Rey Game –

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino insisted he doesn’t believe Neymar will be out for a significant period of time after the Brazilian forward sprained his right ankle in the Catalans’ 2-0 win away to Getafe in the Spanish Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Lionel Messi scored both goals on his first start since returning from a hamstring injury as Barça eased into the quarter-finals 6-0 on aggregate where they will face Levante.
However, their evening was soured when Neymar, also making his first start of 2014, rolled his ankle whilst attempting to provide a cross midway through the first-half.
The 21-year-old had to be helped from the field by two members of the Barca medical staff as he was replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
Martino, though, played down fears that Neymar could miss the first-leg of his side’s UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City next month.
“If what we think is confirmed then it won’t be something that will require him to be out for long”, Martino said. “It could have been much worse, but the doctors have reassured us and it will be them who decide how long he is out for”.
There was more encouragement for Martino in the form showed by his compatriot Messi. The diminutive Argentinian opened the scoring with a neat finish at the near post from Cristian Tello’s cross just before half-time.
But it was his wonderful solo second goal that showed he is truly back to his best as he skipped past three Getafe defenders before rounding Jordi Codina and slotting home from a narrow angle.


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