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Barcelona's Neymar & Jordi Alba out for month with injuries, to miss season finish

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of defending its title.

Brazil striker Neymar, and Spain's Alba, should be back fit in time for the World Cup starting on June 12.

PHOTO: Barcelona's Neymar, left tries to get past Real's Xabi Alonso during the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Barcelona's Neymar, left tries to get past Real's Xabi Alonso during the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Barcelona says Neymar picked up a "contusion" on his left foot during the cup final, which ended with Neymar's shot hitting the post in the 90th minute.

Alba was substituted at halftime because of a muscle tear in his right leg.

Defender Marc Bartra will be a day-to-day decision as he recovers from a muscle pull.

Barcelona hosts fourth-place Athletic Bilbao on Sunday without suspended midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona is in third place, four points behind league leader Atletico Madrid.

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