Barcelona's Neymar, Jordi Alba out for next month with injuries

Barcelona's Neymar, left, will miss the next month with a foot contusion suffered in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the next month after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Both players will likely miss all five games remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of defending its title. It's possible they could return in time for the season finale against current league leader Atletico Madrid.

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

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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. The club trails Atletico Madrid by four points in La Liga.

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