Neymar fit for Atletico showdown

2014-01-09 16:33

Madrid – Barcelona forward Neymar looks set to be fit for Saturday’s top of the table clash with Atletico Madrid after training with the rest of the squad.

The Brazilian had been forced to pull out of yesterday’s 4-0 win over Getafe in the Copa del Rey because of a bout of gastroenteritis.

Victory over Getafe was most notable for the goal-scoring return of Lionel Messi – the Argentine struck twice in his 30-minute cameo appearance as a substitute after nearly two months out with a hamstring injury.

The return of Messi and Neymar leaves Barca boss Gerardo Martino with an interesting dilemma over who starts up front ahead of the crucial visit to the Vicente Calderon.

Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez have been in fine scoring form in the wide areas, and Cesc Fabregas also scored twice from Messi’s favourite false nine position against Getafe.

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