Five weeks after breaking his back, Brazil’s Neymar is back on the pitch for Barcelona


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Brazilian soccer star Neymar has moved on from posting selfies with Paris Hilton on Instagram to posting pictures of himself back at work. After suffering a fractured vertebra in his back during a World Cup quarterfinal match roughly five weeks ago, team doctors have deemed the 22-year-old healthy enough to rejoin his teammates on the field.

“I’m happy I can return to work with my teammates!!!” Neymar writes (translated from Portuguese) on about the photo. He is pictured with star Argentinian player Lionel Messi.

Previously, Neymar had just been cleared by doctors to do strengthening exercises in the gym.

Barcelona is understandably pretty excited about the return of one of their stars, an not just because he has cool hair. The team posted a four-minute video of Neymar practicing today.

Now, the team just has to wait for the third star in their striker set, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, to arrive. The controversial star filed an appeal last week to reduce his FIFA-imposed suspension of four months that he received after biting his opponent in the World Cup. The decision could come as early as this week.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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