Barcelona star Neymar ruled out of Malaga clash

The forward will miss Saturday's game, but the Catalans have been boosted by the return of Lionel Messi, who has recovered from a hamstring problem
Barcelona forward Neymar has been ruled out of Saturday's La Liga match at Malaga.

The Brazil captain will not be risked after picking up a hamstring problem that prevented him from training with the rest of his team-mates on Friday.

Defender Gerard Pique is also out of the game through suspension, while Jordi Alba and Rafinha are still injured.
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However, coach Luis Enrique did confirm Lionel Messi had shrugged off a hamstring problem of his own to play and he is named in the 18-man party for the game.

Neymar, who came third in the 2015 Ballon d'Or, has only missed two league matches this season and has scored 16 times in 17 top-flight appearances.

Barca go into the match two points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid with a game in hand and, with Diego Simeone's men not playing Sevilla until Sunday, victory would put them top of the table.