I miss having Ronaldo in La Liga - Messi

Messi, who scored twice in the reverse fixture which Barcelona won 4-0 in December, was ruled out of Argentina's second global match against Morocco with a groin injury, while Suarez has recovered from a sprained ankle.

Barcelona face Espanyol when La Liga resumes after the worldwide break this weekend. Barcelona weren't playing with their usual fluency and with under 20 minutes remaining, it could have been the team's best chance to win a crucial game.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has admitted he could return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys one day, as he begins to approach the twilight years of his illustrious career.

Messi will be back in action tomorrow when Barcelona take on Espanyol (3.15pm).

But the duo and Philippe Coutinho were kept quiet in a tight first half, with Espanyol's five-man defence not giving the South American trio any space.

"After this break is the decisive part of the season and we have three games this week".

The Uruguayan didn't go to China with his country because of an ankle injury, but didn't look particularly refreshed either, lumbering around up front, crowded out.

The draw subsequently ensured Messi and Ronaldo can not meet unless both clubs advance to the final, which is set to be played at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano home, according to Goal.

Using the same technique as for a Panenka penalty, Messi lofted the ball over the wall.

From a set piece that he won just outside the semicircle, the Argentina worldwide gently chipped the ball over the wall and away from goalkeeper Diego Lopez before an Espanyol defender headed the ball into the net in a desperate attempt to clear.

Madrid: Lionel Messi continued his remarkable run of form with a second-half double as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Espanyol.

The rivalry with Barcelona superstar Messi was a major through line of his nine-year spell at the Bernabeu.