Barcelona goalkeeper Neto has been ruled out for between 6-8 weeks, after fracturing the scaphoid bone in his left wrist, that is according to the club’s official website.
Neto, who joined Barcelona this summer from fellow La Liga outfit Valencia, has impressed for the Catalans throughout pre-season, but will now miss the opening two months of the campaign due to this untimely injury.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper underwent surgery on his wrist yesterday, but will now need plenty of time to recover before returning to the first-team fold.
Neto spent two years playing for Valencia before earning a €26m move to Barcelona, he will serve as back-up to current No.1 Marc-André ter Stegen this season when he returns from injury, probably tasked with featuring for the Spanish champions in their less-prioritised Copa del Rey fixtures (spoken about by Bleacher Report).
Having kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions for Valencia last term, Neto will arguably be the strongest second-choice keeper in La Liga this time out. His injury will be a blow to Barca, who will now be praying that ter Stegan avoids picking up any knocks during the opening 6-8 weeks of the campaign.
The only other ‘keeper manager Ernesto Valverde has available to him now is 20-year-old Iñaki Peña, who is yet to feature for the senior side.
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