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The 22-year-old missed Barcelona's opening game of the season after picking up an ankle knock in training.
Atletico Madrid began their defence of the title with a draw at Rayo Vallecano, while Barcelona and Real Madrid picked up home wins and clean sheets against Elche and Cordoba respectively.
It was a more than comfortable win for Barcelona as they dominated from start to finish, even with one man less.
Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen had to watch from the stands as Barcelona won their opening La Liga game of the season.
Barcelona kicked off their 2014/15 La Liga campaign in style on Sunday, disposing of Elche 3-0 at the Nou Camp despite being reduced to 10 men.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona are already up and running at full speed in the Spanish league.
There are only ten minutes remaining before kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action at Camp Nou, for the Catalans' league curtain-raiser.
For the first time in 10 years, Barcelona and Real Madrid both failed to claim the La Liga title, with Atletico Madrid being the main beneficiaries, taking out their first league crown since 1995/96 - their 10th in total.
Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Jeremy Mathieu are all poised for their competitive Blaugrana debuts as another new era begins at Camp Nou Luis Enrique's Barcelona reign begins against Elche at Camp Nou on Sunday, with Xavi backing his former team-mate to return silverware to the club.
Realism dictates that this season it will all be about Madrid and Barcelona once again, but Atletico Madrid will not surrender their title without a fight.
Luis Enrique takes over on the Barcelona bench to become the third coach in as many years, and the ex-Blaugrana favourite as a player faces a slew of challenges in order to reverse a One of the former Roma coach's first duties was to oversee the new men in the Barcelona captain's hierarchy.
Luis Enrique was always going to give the kids some chances at Barcelona, but now Neymar has been injured the Barca manager has virtually been forced to.
Real Madrid stars hold an on field discussion, above, during the Supercup match against AtlA©tico Madrid on Aug. 19. In the days leading up to Real Madrid's victory in the Champions League last spring-before Carlo Ancelotti's players burst into a news conference to spray him with Champagne, before the all-night party in the Plaza Cibeles-the ... (more)
Updated: Wed Aug 27, 2014 08:49 am
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