Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/12/13
Barcelona director Toni Freixa is confident the Spanish champions have the quality to cope with the loss of superstar forward Lionel Messi to injury. Messi could be sidelined until 2014 after suffering his latest hamstring injury during Sunday's Primera Division match at Real Betis, with Barca's medical team estimating he will be out for between six and eight weeks. Losing the four-time reigning world player of the year is a blow but while Freixa concedes Barca obviously depend on the Argentina ace to a certain extent, they are better placed to deal with his absence now than in previous years. Freixa, who is the Barca board spokesman and club secretary, said: "The team is always 'Messi-dependent' because it's impossible not to be with the best player in the world. People talk about it like it's something bad but it's a good thing. "We've improved this weakness now. The team have other resources and it is performing at a great level." Barca, who signed Brazil forward Neymar in t...
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