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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.

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