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Neymar cleared to play for Barcelona after back injury suffered at World Cup

Brazil's forward Neymar gestures towards the fans as

Brazil's forward Neymar gestures towards the fans as he celebrates after Brazil won their match against Chile in a penalty shoot out after extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Odd Andersen

BARCELONA, Spain - Neymar has been cleared to play for Barcelona by the team's doctors after recovering from a broken vertebra in his back that he suffered during last month's World Cup.

The forward is now available for selection and could feature in a friendly against Mexican club Leon at Camp Nou Stadium later on Monday.

The 22-year-old hurt his back in a collision with defender Juan Camillo Zuniga during Brazil's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia. That injury ruled him out of the semifinal against Germany, which Brazil lost 7-1.

Luis Suarez is set to debut for Barcelona during the match after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the striker could train and take part in friendlies despite his four month ban for biting a player at the World Cup.

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