Xavi: 'We will miss Lionel Messi'

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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