'MESSI INJURY WON'T CHANGE BARCA'S STYLE'
The Argentina international is set to miss up to
two months with knee ligament damage, but his
manager has called on his team-mates to step
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has insisted that
Lionel Messi's absence through injury will not
have any effect on his side's style of play,
though he has called on the rest of his squad to
raise their game.
Messi damaged the internal collateral ligament
in his left knee early on in Barca's 2-1 La Liga
win over Las Palmas on Saturday, and is
expected to be out for up to two months.
Nevertheless, Luis Enrique is confident Barca
can cope without their star man and has urged
his other players to step up their game.
"The fact that Messi is injured does not mean
we will change our style of play," he said at his
post-match press conference.
"It is always sad when a player gets injured.
But we all know how much Messi means for
"Messi decides a lot of games, but it is now up
to the team to step it up a notch
"Could he be back for the Clasico [on November
21]? We are not thinking about that yet. We are
focusing on our next game against Bayer
Defender Marc Bartra, meanwhile, has
acknowledged that Messi's injury comes as a
huge blow to the team.
"Messi's injury is very sad for him and for the
team. He is our best player," the centre-back
"But we have to get through this. The win over
Las Palmas was a good start."
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