Messi out up to two months with knee injury

Barcelona star Lionel Messi suffers knee injury in La Liga game against Las Palmas, will miss up to two months

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Barcelona's Lionel Messi grimaces as he lies on the pitch after injuring his left knee during their Spanish first division soccer match against Las Palmas at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, September 26, 2015

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to be out for up to two months after suffering a knee injury in their La Liga victory over Las Palmas on Saturday, the club said in a statement.

The Argentine picked up the injury in a clash of legs with Daniel Castellano after three minutes and tried to continue but was substituted six minutes later.

"Tests have confirmed that Leo Messi has torn the internal collateral ligament of his left knee," Barcelona said in a statement.

"The estimated time that he will be absent is around seven or eight weeks."

Barca went on to win 2-1 with a double from Luis Suarez, but midfielder Sergio Busquets said losing Messi was a big blow.

"He is the best player in the world, our best player and the most dangerous so we are going to notice this," he told reporters.

"We are having a lot of bad luck with injuries and particularly now when we cannot sign players."