Messi on the bench at the Reyno de Navarra. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
Barça have already played several games this season without Messi, Busquets or Abidal, the first two are suspended this weekend, while the Frenchman is injured. The Argentinian has not started 6 matches, Busquets has missed 14, and the French defender has been out for 9. The following are the different options available as cover.
It must be remembered that one of the usual choices to take over from Messi, Thiago, is having problems with his tibia, and is also in doubt for the game against Sporting.