Barcelona look set to be severely under-strength for around eight weeks after the blow of the Lionel Messi injury picked up at the weekend, so here’s a look at how Luis Enrique’s side can line up without the Argentine…
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Seemingly ahead of Claudio Bravo as Barcelona’s number one this season, German starlet Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a solid choice in goal for the Catalan giants.
DR: Dani Alves
The experienced Brazilian right-back may miss combining with Messi on this side, but remains an influential and dangerous attacking player.
DL: Jordi Alba
Another superb attacker from the back for Barcelona, Jordi Alba’s energy going box to box will be key for Luis Enrique’s side in the coming weeks.
DC: Gerard Pique
One of the best centre-backs in the world on his day, Gerard Pique should remain an important part of this Barcelona team.
DC: Javier Mascherano
Part of a solid centre-back pairing with Pique last season, Javier Mascherno remains an experienced member of the team who can help the club to more success.
DM: Sergio Busquets
So instrumental to h0w Barcelona play, Sergio Busquets will continue to have his pivotal role in the La Liga giants’ midfield engine room.
MC: Ivan Rakitic
A big signing last summer, Ivan Rakitic has settled well at the Nou Camp and is now firmly first choice in midfield as a replacement for club legend Xavi.
MC: Andres Iniesta
Now club captain at Barcelona, Andres Iniesta is still a crucial part of this team and allows the forward players ahead of him to shine.
One of the most talented young players at Barcelona, Munir looks the most likely attacker to come in on the right-hand side after the Messi injury, having shone in the first-team when given a chance last season.
A player who could replicate Messi in the future, Brazilian forward Neymar could relish the chance to become the main man in this Barcelona team.
FC: Luis Suarez
Another world class attacker who should ensure the Messi injury doesn’t do too much damage to Barcelona’s chances, Luis Suarez continues up front and will hope to build on a fine run of form.
4.5 .1 with Suárez in front
Afolabi Segun Israel
Messi well done?
It’s so painful. I wish Suarez and Neymar can deliver.
Without messi nothing can be done
It so sad
But with God all things are possible
Evans Agyei Frimpong
That’s my great player