The 22-year-old attacker has a problem with his ankle and has been withdrawn from the squad for Saturday’s clash as a precaution.
Neymar has been ruled out of Barcelona‘s clash with Getafe on Saturday due to an ankle problem. The Brazilian attacker has been withdrawn as a precaution after complaining of pain in his left ankle during training on Friday. The 22-year-old scored for his side in midweek as they beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 to ensure their progress into the knock-out rounds of the Champions League as group winners. Coach Luis Enrique is taking no chances with the player who has scored 11 league goals so far this term. Thomas Vermaelen who is still recovering from surgery misses out while out of the other players available those who have been left out of the squad were Martin Montoya, Douglas, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Masip.
The coach was asked about Barcelona’s summer signing Douglas, who has made just two appearances in all competitions for the first team.
“Every player who arrives at a new club from a different continent needs time to adapt: some need a lot of time, some little and some don’t manage to adapt at all.”
“We need Douglas to do the same thing here that he did at Sao Paulo. He is a player that gives us a lot of options.”
Barcelona take on Getafe tonight and Enrique maintains his players will not lack any motivation despite coming off the back of a huge win against the French champions in midweek.
“It’s complicated. When you play in Europe against a team of that level and then return to the league it has all the necessary ingredients to be difficult.”
“It’s not an easy stadium to visit, against a team that is extremely motivated. The message to the team is that we will encounter difficulties.”
“Getafe have dynamic players in attack and are dangerous in the air, we will have to be careful.”
Despite the resounding victory and the fact his side are just two points behind Real Madrid in La Liga, Luis Enrique insists his team must never believe they have achieved perfection.
“A football team has to be in a permanent state of construction and evolution,” he told reporters.”There will never be a day when we will say that the team has given 100 per cent of itself. We have to be as unpredictable as possible, but also effective.Everything is important to me. If we get results is because we have played well. The most important thing is to have the ball in the opponent’s half.”
Probable Starting Line-up (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo(GK); Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquetes; Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Pedro