Major blow for Barcelona – Messi and Mascherano out with injuries
Lionel Messi could miss out on the second-leg of the Champions League bout against Paris Saint-Germain, who hope to take advantage of this situation to overturn the away goal advantage Barcelona got in the 2-2 draw at Parc de Princes on Tuesday.
Barcelona also risk losing Javier Mascherano for the second-leg of the Champions League battle. Barcelona’s interim manager Jordi Roura admits the injuries to his Argentinean duo are a major blow.
Jordi Roura, who is filling in for cancer-stricken Tito Vilanova, confessed the possibility of losing both Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano for the battle at Nou Camp against Paris Saint-Germain.
Lionel Messi drew first blood in the game through an brilliant pass from Dani Alves before halftime. The forward didn’t appear for the second-half of the game, which suggests Lionel Messi could be out for a couple of weeks.
Jordi Roura expects both players to be out of action for around three weeks, which means Barcelona will have to do without Lionel Messi and Javier Hernandez in the return match next week.
“Messi has a small problem and we don't know how it will affect him until he undergoes the tests tomorrow,” Jordi Roura said.
“[It] will be a major loss because he is the best player in the world, but we have a big squad, and good players, and will try to win the tie.”
Jordi Roura informed he will be presented with more knowledge on injuries of Lionel Messi and Javier Hernandez once the results of scans and examinations arrive on Wednesday.
Javier Mascherano could actually be out for more than three weeks. The former Liverpool midfielder has picked up knee injury which is believed to take him out for four to six weeks. Since Carles Puyol is recovering from knee surgery, Jordi Roura will have to improvise in his defensive line once again.
Under such circumstances, Jordi Roura believes Gerard Pique will be the key to a good defensive performance at Nou Camp for the return match.
“[Gerard Pique] obviously become more important considering we are losing numbers in defense,” Jordi Roura said.
“If we end up not having Leo or Mascherano in the return game, that will be negative because they are very important to us, but we will try to make use of our large squad,” he added.