Much more will be needed of Suarez and Neymar in the coming weeks as Barca faces up to eight games without Messi. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE
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European champions Barcelona begin a two-month stretch without Lionel Messi when Bayer Leverkusen visit the Camp Nou Tuesday hoping to take advantage of the Argentine's absence. Messi suffered a torn left knee ligament as Barca squeezed past Las Palmas 2-1 at the weekend.Much more will be needed of Suarez and Neymar in the coming weeks as Barca's stretched and injury-ridden squad faces up to eight games without Messi.Barca coach Luis Enrique admitted it is impossible to replace Messi.However, Luis Enrique is confident the 28-year-old will be fit for Barca's first meeting with Real Madrid this season on Nov. 21 at the Santiago Bernabeu.However, the club's sporting director Rudi Voeller claimed he wasn't pleased to hear Messi will be out of action.
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