Liga - Barcelona hit by Neymar injury blow

Barcelona are likely to be without Neymar for the opening round of the league after the forward sprained his ankle.

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Barcelona are likely to be without Neymar for the opening round of the league after the forward sprained his ankle (Getty)

A statement on the Barcelona website read: "Following the Thursday training session Neymar Jr. complained about some pain in his left ankle, and tests have confirmed that the player has a Grade 1 ankle sprain.

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"The club's medical team has indicated that his return to training will depend on how the injury treatment evolves."

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With Luis Suarez serving a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini, Pedro out with a stomach bug and now Neymar injured, Luis Enrique will most likely flank Lionel Messi with Munir and Rafinha as Barca begin their Liga campaign against Elche on Sunday.

Neymar only recently returned to action after fracturing his back while representing Brazil at the World Cup against Colombia.

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