Neymar suffers groin injury – big blow for Barca

Barcelona have suffered an injury set-back after Brazilian forward Neymar picked up a groin problem in training on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old is now seemingly ruled out of Barca’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, with the former Santos star having been taking part in his side’s pre-match training session.

The Liga club released a statement on Tuesday confirming the 23-year-old has a “slight groin strain”, although they haven’t revealed how long he will be sidelined for.

The Catalans, who face German side Leverkusen at the BayArena, have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.

Neymar has been in superb form for Barca this season, leading the Liga scoring charts with 14 goals already this season, one more than team-mate Luis Suarez, while he also has two goals and three assists in the Champions League.

The Brazilian’s fine form both this season and in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign – a season that saw Barca win the treble – earned him a place on the Ballon d’Or three-man shortlist.

Only Sergio Busquets (14) has started more Liga games than Neymar this season (13), while he is one of only three outfield players to have played every minute of the Champions League campaign.