Neymar hoping to return against Atletico Madrid

Barcelona forward Neymar hopes to return to first-team action in his side's final league game of the season against title challengers Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona forward Neymar is hopeful of returning to first-team action in his side's final league game of the season against Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian international faces a month on the sidelines after injuring his foot in last week's Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid.

However, the 22-year-old is confident of returning to action before the end of the La Liga season.

"I knew it could be a long time out and I was a little scared. I don't like it in any way and then there's the World Cup, of course," Neymar told Globo.

"But I can return within three weeks and hope I can play in Barcelona's last match.

"There'd been swelling that had bothered me for some time. The most I could do was get to that game. I was bothered a lot and had difficulty walking after."

Neymar has scored 15 times in 40 games this season.

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the opa del Rey Final between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 16, 2014
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