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'To lose Messi, means that football loses' - Barca boss bemoans injury setback

The Argentina star is out with a groin strain for a few weeks.

BARCELONA COACH LUIS Enrique believes his team will remain “strong” despite losing Lionel Messi to injury.

Spain Soccer La Liga Lionel Messi came off injured during last night's game. Source: Manu Fernandez

Messi came off during the second half of Barca’s 1-1 LaLiga draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou last night

The Argentina star is set to miss three weeks with a groin strain, the club later announced.

Luis Enrique remains upbeat over the ability of his team, even without one of their attacking maestros.

“To lose Messi means that football loses,” he said, via the club’s Twitter account.

“With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong.”

Ivan Rakitic gave Barca the lead four minutes before half-time against Atletico, but Angel Correa levelled for the visitors just past the hour-mark.

Luis Enrique felt his team were worthy of a victory, saying: “These types of games are decided by small details, and we deserved more.”

Barca sit third in the table, three points behind leaders Real Madrid – who were earlier held to a draw by Villarreal.

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