The last time Barcelona were without talisman Lionel Messi for an extended period was September to November last year – how did they get on and who scored the goals in his absence?
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Following the news Lionel Messi is out for three weeks with a groin injury, UEFA.com decided to look at how Barcelona fared the last time their talisman faced an extended lay-off.
Messi was sidelined for nearly two months last season with a knee problem sustained against Las Palmas on 26 September, missing three UEFA Champions League matches, five Liga games and one Copa del Rey outing. The Azulgrana, as it turned out, did not cope too badly at all ...
Messi's absence: 26 September to 21 November
Whole games missed: 9
Barça's record without him: P9 W7 D1 L1 F21 A6
Who scored the goals?
Luis Suárez: 8
Ivan Rakitić: 2
Sergi Roberto: 1
Barcelona's results during Messi's absence
29/09/15: Barcelona 2-1 Leverkusen, UEFA Champions League
03/10/15: Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona, Liga
17/10/15: Barcelona 5-2 Rayo Vallecano, Liga
20/10/15: BATE 0-2 Barcelona, UEFA Champions League
25/10/15: Barcelona 3-1 Eibar, Liga
28/10/15: Villanovense 0-0 Barcelona, Copa del Rey
31/10/15: Getafe 0-2 Barcelona, Liga
04/11/15: Barcelona 3-0 BATE, UEFA Champions League
08/11/15: Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal, Liga