Barcelona fans who are hoping to see all their squad member fit for the Spanish League season opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday have dealt with another huge blow as new signing Neto has been ruled out of action for up to 2 months.
The Brazil international was signed from Valencia this summer and he suffered the injury during a training session following the first of the Blaugrana's two friendlies against Napoli in the United States last week. The scaphoid bone in the wrist which Neto broke is a particularly delicate one which must completely heal before he can return to action, meaning that he will have to miss six to eight weeks of football.
Barcelona released a statement on their official website to announce the extent of Neto's injury after a successful surgery.
"After fracturing the scaphoid in his left hand, the first team player, Neto, has been successfully operated on this Tuesday morning by Dr. Mir and will be out for between 6 and 8 weeks.
"The goalkeeper was the second signing this summer, after Frenkie de Jong, and participated in the first four pre-season friendlies. The Brazilian arrived from Valencia and was officially introduced as a new player for FC Barcelona on July 9.
"In the first of the two matches played against Napoli, Neto completed an almost perfect match, repeatedly stopping the Italians from scoring.
With Neto being injured, Barcelona third-choice goalkeeper Inaki Pena will become the club's second-choice goalkeeper for the meantime. The 20-year-old goalie spent the entirety of pre-season with the first team and travelled with the squad to Japan and the United States.
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