Madrid – Neymar could start for the first time for Barcelona when the Spanish champions visit Malaga on Sunday.
Neymar was Barca's only summer signing and arrived at the Camp Nou amid great expectations. However, he has still to start a match for the Blaugranas.
He was a late sub in the 7-0 league debut destruction of Levante, and came off the bench on the hour in Wednesday's Super Cup first leg at Atletico Madrid.
Within six minutes, the Brazilian star had made it 1-1 for Barca, by heading in a centre from compatriot Dani Alves.
“I don't score many goals with my head so I value them a lot,” he said.
Neymar bemoaned the fact that he has still hardly played with world player of the year Lionel Messi. Barca fans are hoping that they will form a formidable tandem, but so far they have only been together for a few minutes.
Messi was taken off at half-time Wednesday after receiving a heavy blow to the left thigh. He is expected to be fit by Sunday.
“It's a shame not to have played with Messi again,” said Neymar. “He is the best in the world, everyone wants to play with him.”
Will new coach Gerardo Martino start with the two South American aces in Malaga?
Malaga's Argentine defender Marcos Angeleri is hoping he doesn't. “They are both wonderful players,” he said. “To have them coming at you together would be horrible.”
Angeleri added: “We are working hard all this week on strategies to defend well against them.” Angeleri will probably stand in again for injured Brazilian Weligton.
Last week, Malaga's new coach Bernd Schuster raised eyebrows by saying: “We don't expect to pick up any points in our first three games.”
They lost 1-0 at Valencia on their debut. Their third match is away to Sevilla.
Sunday's other matches are Real Betis v Celta Vigo, Levante v Sevilla and Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano.
Atletico showed Wednesday that they are in lively form, with Diego Costa and David Villa linking up well in attack.
Rayo, for their part, will be without injury victims Ismael Gil and Jose Carlos, but they will probably have Iago Falque on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
The second round of games will start Friday with Getafe against Almeria and Athletic Bilbao against Osasuna.
The game will be played in Real Sociedad's Estadio Anoeta because Bilbao's new Estadio San Mames has still not been completed.
The new ground should be ready for the clash against Celta Vigo on September 15.
Bilbao's right-back Andoni Iraola said: “Playing in Anoeta should not be a problem. A lot of our fans will make the trip there to cheer us on.”
Bilbao completed the signing of midfielder Mikel Rico from Granada Wednesday.
Saturday will see Espanyol against Valencia, Villarreal against Valladolid and Elche against Real Sociedad, who are on Cloud Nine after Tuesday's 2-0 win at Olympique Lyon in the play-offs for the Champions League.
Monday will see Real Madrid at Granada, who beat them 1-0 last season.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to decide whether to keep Spain captain Iker Casillas on the subs' bench and continue with Diego Lopez in goal.– Sapa-dpa