Spain soccer roundup: Barca without Messi again for Bilbao trip
Spain:Champions Barcelona will be without the injured Lionel Messi again at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday (2000) but team mate David Villa said he suspected the Argentine would be back for next week`s Champions League trip to play Rubin Kazan.
"He`s very keen to return. I think, at the most, he will miss two games, those against Sporting Gijon (on Wednesday) and Bilbao," the Spain striker told reporters.
The world player of the year is recovering from strained ankle ligaments picked up against Atletico Madrid last weekend.
"To beat Barca we have to be at 100 percent and hope they don`t even reach 40 percent," coach Joaquin Caparros told sports daily Mundo Deportivo.
"To be top after four games is of little significance at this stage," Jose Mourinho told reporters. "What`s important is that we are winning even under construction which gives the players confidence in what we`re doing."
"There`s one fan who has been insulting us from the start of the season," the Sevilla captain told reporters. "Today, without insults and in a polite manner, I asked him to get behind us and said we would try to do better."
"After Sunday we`ll analyse the situation. I can`t guarantee anything other than Lillo will be coach at the Riazor," Almeria president Alfonso Garcia Gabarron said after the midweek home defeat to promoted Levante.