Liga - Messi: We need Neymar fit

Lionel Messi is hopeful Neymar recovers quickly from his sprained ankle as he feels Barcelona need the Brazil forward fit.

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Barcelona's Neymar (L) and Lionel Messi celebrate victory over Real Madrid at the end of their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona October 26, 2013 (Reuters)

A three-week lay-off is the early diagnosis for Neymar, with reports suggesting he will be ready in time for Barca’s Champions League games against Manchester City.

“Hopefully Neymar’s injury is not serious,” Messi told TV3 following the Copa del Rey win over Getafe.

“And hopefully he will not be out too long because we need him.”

Messi scored both goals of the 2-0 win on the night, having scored twice in the first-leg’s 4-0 win.

Declaring himself happy with the result and the performance, Messi added: “I needed to get up to the pace of matches again.

“After the first-leg it was a good opportunity to play 90 minutes.

“We are happy with the game and took it seriously, as usual.”

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