COPA | GETAFE - BARCELONA | NEYMAR
Neymar out for a month but will return in time to face Man City
According to a statement released by Barça, the player "suffered a strain in the tendons of his right ankle". He is expected to be out for up to four weeks.
Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar will be out of action for between three and four weeks as a result of the ankle strain he suffered during the club's 2-0 win at Getafe on Thursday night.
The Barcelona squad returned to the Catalan capital on Friday morning and the Brazilian was seen using crutches, unable to support his right foot.
Neymar went down injured after slipping when trying to control the ball. At first it appeared it might be a potentially catastrophic knee injury, however the Barcelona medics confirmed that the player had in fact strained his right ankle.
Neymar is certain to miss the team's next three League matches against Levante, Málaga and Valencia plus both legs of the Copa del Rey quarter final with Levante.
However, he is expected to be back in time for the first leg of Barça's Champions League last 16 with Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.
As soon as Neymar slipped, with the twisting in his right leg obvious as he went down, he was in clear distress and called for assistance. He was attended to at the side of the pitch and at his first attempt to stand up, sat back down immediately due to the pain. He was then helped around the pitch and into the dressing rooms, substituted by Alexis Sánchez.
At first it appeared to be a potentially catastrophic knee injury, however the Barcelona medics confirmed that the player had in fact strained his right ankle.
Neymar's father, the only member of his family who travelled to Getafe with Barcelona, went down from the presidential box to the dressing room to find out more about his son's injury.