Madrid - Barcelona's back-up goalkeeper Neto will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks
after he underwent surgery on Tuesday on his injured wrist, the club said.
Neto, who suffered the injury in training while on a US tour, will
therefore miss Barca's opening La Liga game away to Athletic Bilbao on
"Doctor Xavier Mir successfully carried out surgery this morning on a
fractured scaphoid bone on the left hand of first team player Neto. The
down time will be around six to eight weeks," a club statement read.
Neto joined Barcelona this summer from Valencia, with fellow
goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen leaving Camp Nou and going the other way.
Coach Ernesto Valverde is already likely to be without Lionel Messi
against Bilbao. Messi missed the friendly win over Napoli on Saturday
after sustaining a calf tear in training last week.