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Football: Neymar suffers ankle sprain in Barca Cup tie

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey, last 16 second-leg match at Getafe on Thursday.

"Neymar sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow," said a statement on the club's official Twitter account.

The 21-year-old collapsed to the ground in pain after falling awkwardly as he tried to attempt a cross on the left side of the penalty box.

Alexis Sanchez replaced Neymar, but it was Lionel Messi, on his first start since returning from a hamstring injury, who opened the scoring just before half-time to put Barca 5-0 up on aggregate after their 4-0 win at the Camp Nou in the first-leg last week.

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