By DAN KARELL
Just as Lionel Messi returned to the starting lineup for Barcelona, his teammate Neymar could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
The young Brazilian winger suffered a gruesome injury in the 22nd minute of Barcelona’s match against Getafe as his ankle gave away while trying to send a cross into the box. Neymar was carried off the field by two members of the medical staff and following the game, Barcelona announced that he had suffered a sprained ankle.
According to the Barcelona release, Neymar will undergo more tests on his ankle on Friday.
A number of reports in Spain have speculated that Neymar could return in three weeks: just in time for Barcelona’s first-leg UEFA Champions League match against Manchester City on Feb. 18. While Messi was out injured, Neymar helped pick up the scoring slack, scoring six times in all competitions in the Argentine’s absence.
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