Neymar returns from fractured vertebra for Barcelona practice
Brazil's Neymar grimaces in pain during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014. Barcelona says Brazil striker Neymar has returned to training after passing a medical exam as he continues his recovery from a fractured vertebra. (AP /Fabrizio Bensch, Pool, File)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:50AM EDT
BARCELONA, Spain -- Neymar has returned to team training with Barcelona for the first time since fracturing a vertebra in his back at the World Cup.
Barcelona says Neymar completed his first full training session with the rest of the team on Wednesday, although he has not yet been cleared by team doctors to play games.
The Brazil star hurt his back in a collision with a Colombian defender during the World Cup quarterfinals last month, ruling him out of the rest of the competition. Without him, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals.
Barcelona hosts Elche on Aug. 24 in the opening match of the Spanish league season.