Barcelona OK without Messi?
Bad news hit Camp Nou on Monday, with Barcelona's fears realized: Star Lionel Messi has a hamstring tear, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. This effectively ends a particularly injury-riddled calendar year for the Argentine, whose dominance of the sport has diminished due to those knocks.
Barcelona is well-equipped to handle Messi's absence; Cesc Fabregas and Neymar lead the attack, the club already is through to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, and six points separate La Liga leader Barca from third-place Real Madrid (Atletico Madrid is second, three points back). Still, it's hard to see this not hurting Barcelona a little bit.