Neymar passes physical, joins Barcelona teammates in training

Neymar’s return to the field for Barcelona seems imminent. (Getty Images)

Barcelona striker Neymar joined his teammates Wednesday in a training session for the first time since fracturing a vertebra during the World Cup. The Spanish club announced he would also participate in an afternoon session, and the Brazilian star will undergo a thorough evaluation in the near future.

Neymar is targeting an Aug. 18 friendly for his return, though obviously his status will be determined after the club's evaluation.

The 22-year-old said last week that his back was "almost 100 percent."

Barcelona will begin play officially Aug. 24.

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