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Barcelona's Neymar has anemia, won't stop training

Sunday - 8/4/2013, 9:42am  ET

FC Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar enters the stadium for a football clinic session with Palestinian children in the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. The Spanish club arrived in the region Saturday with superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar touching down in Tel Aviv. They then headed to Bethlehem, where they visited Jesus' traditional birthplace and met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona says that Brazil striker Neymar has developed anemia, but that it won't stop his preseason training with the Spanish champion.

Anemia is a lower than normal count of red blood cells that causes fatigue or weakness.

The team says that "due to an operation on his tonsils this summer the player is suffering a case of anemia that is being treated and won't impede him from training with normality with the rest of his teammates."

Neymar is currently with Barcelona in Israel on a "Peace Tour" of the Middle East. Barcelona opens the Spanish league against Levante on Aug. 18.

The 21-year-old Neymar joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos this offseason.


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