Barcelona boss Martino will not rush Neymar into action
Barcelona boss Gerardo Martinho insists that Neymar will not be rushed into action despite the injury to Lionel Messi.
The 21-year-old Brazilian is yet to start for the Catalans but the Barca boss says there is no hurry to rush the former Santos man into the starting XI.
"We’ve got a schedule for Neymar and there’s no footballing situation that will shorten it," Martino added. "Just because Messi doesn’t play that doesn’t mean Neymar has to take the helm.
"He’s looking better and better as days go by and he accumulates training and gets to know his team-mates and the club.
"My intention is that when he plays, he does so at the top of his game."
Although Martino says Messi's omission is a precautionery measure against aggravating the injury further, he expects the team to produce the same level of performance.
"We have a lot of really good players to produce a good game and we mustn’t use Messi’s absence as an excuse," he told the club's official website.