Neymar declared fit for Atletico Madrid showdown in La Liga

Barcelona striker Neymar pulled out of Copa del Rey tie against Getafe with a stomach bug.

updated: January 09, 2014 22:32 IST
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Madrid: Lionel Messi and NeymarBarcelona forward Neymar looks set to be fit for Saturday's top of the table clash with Atletico Madrid after training with the rest of the squad on Thursday. The Brazilian had been forced to pull out of Wednesday's 4-0 win over Getafe in the Copa del Rey due to a bout of gastroenteritis.

Victory over Getafe was most notable for the goalscoring return of Lionel Messi as the Argentine struck twice in his 30 minute cameo appearance as a substitute after nearly two months out with a hamstring injury. (Also read: Pain-free Messi ready for the challenge in 2014)

The return of Messi and Neymar leaves Barca boss Gerardo Martino with an interesting dilemma over who starts up front ahead of the crucial visit to the Vicente Calderon. Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez have been in fine scoring form in the wide areas, whilst Fabregas also scored twice from Messi's favourite false nine position against Getafe.

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