Barca's Neymar returns to training

Barcelona, Spain ( - Barcelona's Neymar has taken a big step toward returning to action after it was revealed Tuesday that the Brazilian striker joined his teammates for training on Monday.

Neymar has been out of action since spraining his right ankle in a Copa del Rey match at Getafe on Jan. 16. He has missed a total of seven games.

Barcelona has confirmed that Neymar "is in the final stages of his recovery" and could be fit in time to make an appearance on the bench when the Catalans face Real Sociedad in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal.