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Neymar cleared to make Barca return

Brazil forward may feature in friendly after being given the all-clear by Barcelona doctors following the back injury.

Last updated: 18 Aug 2014 15:22
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Neymar was forced to miss Brazil's 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany [REUTERS]

Barcelona forwward Neymar has been cleared to play by the team's doctors after recovering from a broken vertebra in his back that he suffered during last month's World Cup.

Neymar is now available for selection and could feature in a friendly against Mexican club Leon at Camp Nou Stadium later on Monday.

The 22-year-old hurt his back in a collision with defender Juan Camillo Zuniga during Brazil's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia. That injury ruled him out of the semifinal against Germany, which Brazil lost 7-1.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez is set to debut for Barcelona during the match after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the striker could train and take part in friendlies despite his four month ban for biting a player at the World Cup.

"I am glad to feel like a player and be here with my team mates," the controversial Uruguayan striker, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in July for a reported $125.19 million, told Barca TV.

"I felt I was in an awkward situation," he added. "I was paying for an error I made and had apologised for. Now it's time to forget about it, to leave all this behind, and to think about the future and the present and the fact that I am at this great club I always dreamed to play for."

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