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Neymar downplays health problems

Barcelona attacker Neymar has insisted that his health issues will not cause him any problems during pre-season as the Spanish champions continue their preparations to defend last season's La Liga title.

The Brazil international was diagnosed with anaemia - a low red blood cell count - which can cause excessive levels of tiredness in players, following routine blood tests this summer, leading to worries about his fitness ahead of the new season.

Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta stated at the weekend that the club are not concerned by this development, though, and Neymar, who had his tonsils removed a month ago, has now stressed that he is feeling fine, too.

"I am feeling just fine," the attacker told reporters in Thailand, where the club are currently visiting as part of their Asia tour.

"I have already improved after my tonsil operation and I have no problems in training. I am getting better."

The 21-year-old went on to say that he has set himself high standards for his new club as the start of the 2013-14 season edges closer.

He added: "I have high expectations for myself and the team. I hope to have a good performance in the next season. We will try to work as a team to win honours."

Barcelona's first league fixture of the season is the visit of Levante to Camp Nou on August 18.