Neymar’s misfortune in the final training session ahead of Wednesday’s game against Bayer Leverkusen was to suffer a slight groin injury on his left side which means his recovery will dictate his availability for the coming fixtures.
This setback comes just the day before match day 6 in the Champions League and the game in the BayArena. Barça’s next game is against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday at Camp Nou (4.00pm CET) and that will be followed by the semi-final of the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan on Thursday 17 December at 11.30am CET.
The Brazilian’s injury comes at a moment when he is in the form of his life. The striker is currently the top scorer in the Spanish League on 14 goals and was recently named as player of the month for November by
the LFP (Spanish Football League).
The last time Neymar was missing for Barça came at the start of the season when a bout of mumps forced him out of the Spanish Super Cup tie against Athletic Bilbao and also out of the first game of the league season. Since then he has played in 18 out of 20 matches, scoring 16 goals in all competitions bringing his all time total for Barça to 70 in just 110 games.