Updates from Saturday, May 17
The Football Espana Twitter account provided an update on when Neymar entered today's match against Atletico Madrid:
Neymar on now for Pedro. Half an hour to go....— footballespana (@footballespana_) May 17, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 16
Neymar has been declared fit for Barcelona's La Liga title showdown with Atletico Madrid.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan paraphrased an update from the Spanish version of Barcelona's official website:
Pique, Jordi Alba & Neymar all declared fit, in a supersize 24 man Barca squad for Atletico tomorrow... http://t.co/hQnvTCaU2j— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 16, 2014
Martino on Pique, Neymar & Alba "They are not in the best condition, but they do not have to play six games, just one 90 minutes.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 16, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 15
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Neymar is not under pressure to skip Barcelona's title decider with Atletico Madrid.
As the poster boy of the World Cup, it had been reported that Neymar was being forced to protect his fitness, but Scolari rubbished those claims via the CFB website, via ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
I do not just want him to play, I want them to be champions. That will lift his morale and his self-esteem and, with that, the Brazil team also wins. It would also help him get back his match-fitness.
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
Neymar remains a doubt for Barcelona's La Liga title decider against Atletico Madrid.
Barca's official website reported on Tuesday:
After the draw against Elche, Barça were back in training this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper as they began preparations for Saturday's title showdown with Atletico Madrid.
Of the team's injured players, Gerard Piqué began training on the pitch, though still apart from the rest of the group whilst Neymar and Jordi Alba did specific recovery work.
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Neymar may not play for Barcelona again this season, even if he does regain full fitness in time for their potential title decider with Atletico Madrid.
Marca provides details on a report by Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper in Brazil, which suggests Neymar's advisors will hold him back to ensure his fitness for the World Cup:
According to the usually well-informed columnist, Monica Bergamo, Neymar's management "are confident" that the striker will not be taking part in the game on 18th May against Atletico de Madrid, due to the injury to his left foot he picked up in April.
"Neymar was keen to play in the game, but the people who control his career have persuaded him not to run the risk of missing the World Cup. Neymar's team feel that he should be rested, even if he has fully recovered from the injury", Bergamo said.
Updates from Wednesday, April 30
Neymar remains confident he will be back fit for Barcelona's potential end-of-season title showdown with Atletico Madrid.
I hope to recover and to play the last game. If I have a chance to help the team, I will do it. We must fight until the end. The hope is the last thing you can lose. If we just have a 1 percent chance to win the title, we must keep going.
Updates from Saturday, April 19
Football Espana has the latest on Neymar's injury and potential return:
But according to Sport, Neymar has told Brazilian television station Globo that he will try and be back to play Atletico Madrid on May 18.
“I knew it could be a long time out and I was a little scared. I don’t like it in any way and then there’s the World Cup, of course,” Neymar said.
“But I can return within three weeks and hope I can play in Barcelona’s last match.
Barcelona forward Neymar is expected to miss around a month of action due to a foot injury. He's now in a race against time to play again before the end of the club campaign.
AS.com passed along the update on his status:
Medical report just out from Barça: Neymar has a bruised 4th metatarsal in his left foot - he'll be out for the next 4 weeks.— AS English (@English_AS) April 17, 2014
Neymar started and played all 90 minutes in Barca's 2-1 loss to rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday. He even had a golden chance to equalize the match in stoppage time, but struck the post after breaking free with a well-timed run.
It's unclear exactly when the injury occurred. Regardless, Barcelona will likely be forced to play the rest of the La Liga campaign without him. The one-month timetable is right on the borderline with the club's final match against Atletico Madrid on May 18.
His absence should lead to more opportunities for Alexis Sanchez, who has enjoyed a very strong season despite an inconsistent role, and Cristian Tello. It would be a surprise if Barca risked sending Neymar back into action in the finale unless the league title was on the line.
If he does miss the rest of the campaign, his next competitive action will probably come in World Cup preparations with Brazil.