Lionel Messi out for two months – Barcelona striker is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury on Saturday.
The Argentinian was hurt in Saturday’s La Liga win over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou, following a tangle with visiting defender Pedro Bigas. The incident happened in the opening minutes when Lionel Messi cut inside from the right wing and his left-footed shot was blocked by Pedro Bigas.
The 28-year-old received treatment to his left knee on the pitch and then tried to continue playing for the Catalan side. Six minutes later, Messi admitted he could not continue and asked to be substituted. Thus, Barcelona talisman was replaced by youngster Munir El Haddadi with just 10 minutes played.
After initial inspection, Messi was taken to the nearby hospital for tests on his left knee. The scans revealed a torn ligament in the injured joint. Barcelona then announced that the Argentina playmaker would be out of action for around seven to eight weeks.
Barca boss Luis Enrique has admitted the absence of Messi will have an impact on Barcelona’s style of play. The Spaniard has told his players they will need to step up to fulfill the gap in the attacking department.
“I’m always sad when one of my players get injured and even more when it’s Messi, said Luis Enrique. “Without Messi we lose a lot of things from our style of play that we will now have to rearrange collectively but I have no doubt that we will overcome this.”
Lionel Messi looks set to miss Barcelona’s two Champions League fixtures, five league games, plus Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia and Brazil. They are due to play El Clasico against Real Madrid on November 22 and that could be an early target for his comeback. IMAGE/ Getty Images