Barca can cope with blow - Iniesta
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta insists the Catalans can cope for the next few weeks without star man Lionel Messi.
The Argentina international picked up a groin injury and had to be substituted early in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Messi travelled to hospital for scans and has subsequently been ruled out of action for three weeks, although Iniesta thinks the squad is strong enough to cope.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will miss fixtures with Sporting Gijon, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celta Vigo, but could return in time to face Manchester City in the Champions League on October 19.
Iniesta said: "The team is stronger with Messi than without him, but it is the squad as a whole that wins titles. We all wish he could play these next few games, but unforeseen circumstances do happen."