Neymar returns to practice with Barcelona


BARCELONA,SPAIN (BDCi) — Barcelona forward Neymar has taken a big step toward returning to action, practicing with the first team on Monday.

The Brazilian striker has been out of action since badly spraining his right ankle in a Copa del Rey match at Getafe on Jan. 16. He has missed a total of seven games.

Barcelona said Neymar is “in the final phase of his recovery” with Barcelona traveling to Real Sociedad on Wednesday for the return leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal, which Barcelona leads 2-0.

Neymar has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances since his summer move from Santos.