After Barcelona star suffers collateral ligament tear against Las Palmas
- Lionel Messi went down wincing and holding knee in third minute of game
- The Argentine carried on playing, but asked to be substituted shortly after
- Messi taken to nearby hospital and video’d limping out after tests
- Barcelona say the forward will be out for about eight weeks
- The Argentine has suffered a collateral ligament tear in his left knee
- Luis Enrique said the result was ‘great news for our rivals’
Lionel Messi could be out for up to eight weeks after suffering a knee injury just minutes into Barcelona’s match with Las Palmas on Saturday.
A wincing Messi asked to be substituted in the eighth minute after hurting his left knee during Barcelona’s Spanish league match against Las Palmas on Saturday.
The Argentinian international went down after colliding with Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas in the third minute.
Following medical attention, the Barcelona star went back on, but two minutes later asked to be replaced.
Lionel Messi winces in pain after being hurt in a tackle with Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas on Saturday
Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas attempts to comfort the injured Messi during the match at the Nou Camp
Players from both teams crowd around Messi as the Argentine forward sits up before receiving medical help
Messi was taken to the nearby Clínica Cruz Blanca hospital, where tests confirmed he had torn the collateral ligament in his left knee.
Barcelona’s key man was later videoed limping out of hospital and back into a car.
Munir El Haddadi went on for the four-time Ballon D’or winner in front of a quiet Nou Camp crowd.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said: ‘Injuries are the worst thing in football and it carries a special weight when it’s Messi.
Messi left the field after attempting to continue and was replaced by Munir El Haddadi for Barcelona
The four-time Ballon D’or winner leaves the field to go to hospital and is comforted by manager Luis Enrique
‘It’s a big challenge for our club. It’s great news for our rival but for us it’s a test and we have to accept it and overcome it.
‘We will play exactly the same way. We have a lot of players of great quality.’
Barcelona tweeted: ‘Messi has a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee. He will be out for around 7-8 weeks.’
Messi was limited by a persistent series of hamstring injuries during 2013, but returned to his best form last season and scored 58 goals.
The 28-year-old Messi led Barcelona to a sweep of the Champions League, Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles last campaign.
Messi is Barcelona’s all-time goalscorer and has scored more goals in the Spanish league than any other player.
Source: Daily Mail