Neymar Set to Return for Luis Suarez's Barcelona Debut

Updated: 18 August 2014 18:04 IST

Luis Suarez has been cleared to play in friendly matches last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite serving a four-month ban from competitive games.

Neymar Set to Return for Luis Suarez's Barcelona Debut
Neymar (left), Luis Suarez (centre) and Lionel Mess in training for Barcelona © AFP

Brazilian striker Neymar has been given the all clear to play his first game since suffering a broken vertebra in his back during the World Cup when Barcelona play Mexican side Club Leon on Monday. (Life after Suarez starts with a win for Liverpool)

The 22-year-old could get his first experience of playing alongside new teammate Luis Suarez as the Uruguayan is expected to make his Barca debut after being cleared to play in friendly matches last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite serving a four-month ban from competitive games.

Neymar missed out on his country's ultimately disastrous 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil after suffering the injury when he was clattered by Juan Camilo Zuniga towards the end of Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia. (Suarez desperate to start playing again: Iniesta)

However, the injury could have been much worse as Neymar revealed that had the impact of Zuniga's knee on his back been centimetres higher he could have been left paralysed.

Lionel Messi is also likely to get his first outing since his Argentina side lost the World Cup final to Germany on Monday as Barca finalise their pre-season build up to the start of the La Liga campaign when they host Elche on Sunday.

Topics : Luis Suarez Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior Barcelona Football
Related Articles
Spain Prosecutors Call For Two-Year Jail For Barcelona Star Neymar
Spain Prosecutors Call For Two-Year Jail For Barcelona Star Neymar
La Liga: Lionel Messi-Less Barcelona Fire Blank Against Nine-Man Malaga
La Liga: Lionel Messi-Less Barcelona Fire Blank Against Nine-Man Malaga
Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar Crushes Arch-Rivals At Venue of World Cup Disaster
Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar Crushes Arch-Rivals At Venue of World Cup Disaster
Show Comments
Advertisement