Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/30/13
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta concedes losing Lionel Messi for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Celtic is a blow but has pointed out the Catalan giants are no one-man team. Messi has been ruled out for up to three weeks after suffering a thigh injury during Saturday's 2-0 Primera Division victory at Almeria , a result that saw Barca set a club record of seven successive league wins to start a season. Four-time world player of the year Messi has, unsurprisingly, been instrumental in that success with eight goals in La Liga already this term and his loss is a major setback for Gerardo Martino's side, but Zubizarreta does not want to use the Argentinian's absence as an excuse. "He's a very difficult player to replace," Zubizarreta told reporters as Barca prepared to fly to Scotland. "We must do without the best player in the world, but we have a squad with extraordinary players. "The players who are here are very good and we have to play with what we have." ...
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