Lionel Messi will be missing from football for as long as two months after suffering a knee injury against Las Palmas, Barcelona have confirmed.
The Argentina superstar was withdrawn from the action at the Camp Nou after just 10 minutes in the fixture earlier on today, and his club have since revealed on Twitter that the 28-year-old sustained an internal collateral ligament tear.
Two month layoff possible
With a post that all Barca fans will have received with dread, the worst was realised. Messi could be out for as long as eight weeks, and he’ll certainly be a doubt for the first El Clasico clash of the season against Real Madrid on November 22.
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The injury was picked up when Messi cut in from the left-wing early on in the encounter against Las Palmas and had a shot blocked by Pablo Bigas.
The forward received treatment on the pitch but was substituted after a few minutes when it became clear that it was not an issue that could simply be ran off.
For the player himself it will be a definite source of frustration, particularly as he’s guaranteed to have an eye on the Ballon d’Or trophy.
Cristiano Ronaldo has pipped him to the prestigious prize twice on the trot, and Messi won’t want the Portuguese forward to gain any ground on him after a trophy-less 2014/15 campaign.
Bad news for all
Of course, Messi’s reclamation of the Ballon d’Or is hardly assured - Ronaldo bagged 61 goals on his own last season - but he has a very good chance having been a key figure in the team that won the treble last term.
In truth, the news of the blow isn’t good for anyone bar fans of teams lining up to play against Barcelona. Messi is a joy to behold when on the pitch, and the sooner he returns the better it is for football on the whole.
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