Barcelona’s Neymar, Jordi Alba out for the season

2014-04-18 08:52

Spain – Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid.

Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona’s chances of defending the title.

Brazil striker Neymar, and Spain’s Alba should be fit in time for the World Cup starting on June 12.

Barcelona say Neymar picked up a “contusion” on his left foot during the cup final, which ended with the forward hitting the post in the 90th minute.

Alba was substituted at halftime because of a muscle tear in his right leg.

Defender Marc Bartra will be monitored on a day-to-day basis as he recovers from a muscle pull.

Barcelona host fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao on Sunday without suspended midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona are in third place, four points behind league leaders Atlético Madrid.

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