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Neymar set to make long-awaited Barcelona debut alongside Messi

The Brazilian star trained with his new club for the first time yesterday.

Neymar and Lionel Messi during training.
Neymar and Lionel Messi during training.
Image: Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association Images

BRAZILIAN SUPERSTAR NEYMAR will make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when they take on Lechia Gdansk in Poland today.

The match was originally scheduled for earlier this month but was cancelled because of Tito Vilanova’s relapse in his fight against parotid gland cancer.

Neymar, who had his first training session with the club last Tuesday, is the squad’s only player who competed at the Confederations Cup to travel for the exhibition game.

The other players who participated in the Brazilian-based tournament will remain in Barcelona with head coach Gerardo Martino for a double training session.

While the squad has a youthful look, it will also feature regular first-team members such as Lionel Messi, Cristian Tello and Alex Song, as assistant coaches Jordi Roura and Rubi attempt to unearth the next generation of Catalan talent.

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