FC Barcelona's Neymar, Ter Stegen return to on-field training

Barcelona, Aug 26 (EFE).- FC Barcelona striker Neymar and the club's recently acquired goalkeeper, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, returned to the practice field on Tuesday, although their training session was restricted to recovery work apart from the main group.

The German goalie, who signed with the Catalans in May, had not been seen on the field since sustaining a back injury during a training session on Aug. 11.

Brazilian international Neymar had been absent since spraining his ankle in training last Thursday and did not play in Barça's opening match of the 2014-2015 La Liga season on Sunday.

The slightly built forward has battled injuries in recent months, sustaining a broken vertebra in his back during Brazil's World Cup quarterfinal match on July 4 against Colombia.

That injury forced him to miss Brazil's semifinal and third-place losses to Germany and the Netherlands, in which the host country was outscored by a whopping combined margin of 10-1.

But he made a quick recovery and scored two goals and assisted on another in the Catalans' 6-0 rout of Mexico's Leon in a pre-season home game on Aug. 18 before suffering the Grade 1 left ankle sprain.

Barcelona's players were back at work Tuesday after taking a day off following their 3-0 victory over Elche at Camp Nou.