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Barcelona back-up Neto sprains ankle in training

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The Brazilian has been ruled out of action

Barcelona Training Session Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have announced that back-up goalkeeper Neto has suffered a sprained ankle in training and will be out for a little while.

Early reports suggest the Brazilian will miss the next two to three weeks which means we could see Inaki Pena on the bench against Real Valladolid on April 5.

Neto saw plenty of game time at the start of the season, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen was out after having knee surgery, but has hardly featured since the German returned.

The Barca back-up’s last outing came in the Copa del Rey win over Rayo Vallecano back in January, and it is expected he will move on in the summer transfer window.

The Barcelona training ground is a pretty empty place at the moment with most of the squad away on international duty.

The team are due to train twice more this week and will then be allowed five days off before returning next Monday to prepare for the visit of Real Valladolid.