Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has challenged his side to deal with Neymar’s absence after the forward sustained a groin injury in midweek.
Neymar pulled up in training on Tuesday prior to Barca’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen a day later and will miss this weekend’s visit of Deportivo La Coruna to Camp Nou.
Strike partner Lionel Messi has shaken off a hamstring problem and is ready for the weekend’s clash, but Neymar is a doubt for the Club World Cup – with Barca travelling to Japan ahead of Thursday’s semi-final with Club America or Guangzhou Evergrande.
And the coach feels his side must look to cover for the Brazilian, who tops the Liga goalscoring charts with 14.
“There are always important players who are injured but it’s bad news whoever’s injured,” Luis Enrique said on Friday.
“What do we lose? A lot of things, individually it’s hard to compare players like Neymar with others but we have to find other solutions and make his absence noted as little as possible.
“It’s a question of looking through a global prism and adapting to his absence.
“His season has been very positive, but even last season and in his first year, he’s always been playing top-quality football.
“In his second season he set some fantastic stats and he’s continued to contribute a lot. He’s adapting very well to what this team needs. He’s a magical player who’s going to go down in football history.
“As well as everything he does for the team, he also scores goals so I’m very happy with what he’s doing.”