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Messi will miss Ajax OUTabsence means Barcelona's maestro won't be there to pull the strings when they play Ajax in match five of Group H.
vas Owen Farrell was excellent and I expect him to pull the strings against a French team who have not impressed me much.
The home side are boosted by the return of influential pair Lote Tuqiri and Gareth Ellis, while they also have superschemer Benji Marshall to pull the strings in midfield.

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