The midfielder says the Catalans will struggle to replace the Argentine ace, who has been sidelined for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury
The Argentina international suffered a hamstring injury in the Blaugrana's 4-1 defeat of Real Betis on Sunday and could be out of action until after the winter break.
The reigning champions still head the Primera Division table by three points from Atletico Madrid, but Xavi suspects that they will need their star man back as soon as possible.
"Everybody knows the importance of Leo to this team," the 33-year-old told Mundo Deportivo.
"Leo makes the difference and there is no player in the world capable of doing what he does.
"But he will be ok: he will be back and it will be great to have him playing again."
Gerardo Martino's side have eight games to play in three different competitions over the next six weeks before the Spanish season embarks on its winter break from December 22.