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Big blow for Barca as Lionel Messi ruled out for up to two months with knee injury

Barcelona’s talisman left the field after just 10 minutes in today’s La Liga clash.

Updated at 17.52

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: AP/Press Association Images

BARCELONA FORWARD LIONEL Messi will miss the next seven to eight weeks after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday’s defeat of Las Palmas at Camp Nou.

The Argentina international sustained the injury 10 minutes into the game when visiting defender Pedro Bigas put in a last-ditch challenge to block a shot.

Messi left the pitch to undergo treatment and initially seemed to be ready to continue after rejoining the action but he sat down once more minutes later and was unable to carry on.

Having visited a local clinic for tests, the club confirmed his period of absence, stating:

“Messi has a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee. He will be out for around 7-8 weeks.”

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Spain Soccer La Liga Source: AP/Press Association Images

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: AP/Press Association Images

On 25 minutes, Luis Suarez got the European champions off the mark with a well-timed header, as Barca ultimately beat Las Palmas 2-1.

Additional reporting by Ben Blake

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