Xavi: 'We will miss Lionel Messi'

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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Barcelona midfielder Xavi admits that losing Lionel Messi is a blow to the Spanish champions.

Xavi has admitted that Barcelona will miss Lionel Messi while the Argentine recovers from a hamstring injury.

Messi, who struggled with the problem in the early part of the season, further aggravated the injury in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend.

Subsequent tests have revealed that Messi could be out of action for the next two months, with a January return expected.

"Everybody knows the importance of Leo to this team," the 33-year-old told Mundo Deportivo.

"Leo makes the difference and there is no player in the world capable of doing what he does. But he will be okay: he will be back and it will be great to have him playing again."

Barcelona currently top La Liga with 37 points.

Xavi prepares to take a corner for Barcelona against Sevilla on September 14, 2013.
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