The Argentine star required medical treatment and a trip to hospital after a collision with Pedro Bigas and it has since been revealed that he suffered a ligament tear in his left knee.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will miss the next seven to eight weeks after sustaining a knee injury Barca’s defeat of Las Palmas at Camp Nou.
They are due to play the Clasico against Real Madrid on November 22 and that could be an early target for his comeback.
Seeing any player limp off is never good news for a manager, however for Luis Enrique, Messi’s injury could not have come at a worse time.
Many media critics and fan have stated that they did not want the 28-year old superstar in their squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifers, which will be Messi’s fourth set of qualification matches since making his Argentina debut back in 2005.
Barcelona has lost its best player for quite a while, but the boss does not think it’s the end of the world.
His coach and teammates showed their concern after the final whistle at Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over newly promoted Las Palmas. “In the case of Messi it is not necessary for me to say what we all know that he is very important to the team”, Enrique said as per report by Sky Sports.
“This team will cope fine and will deal with this”, he said.
Barca made sure of a return to winning ways thanks to a wonderful team move seven minutes after the break as Neymar picked out Munir and his cross was left by Sergio Busquets for Suarez to fire into the top corner.
Messi is expected to miss La Liga games against Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano, Eibar, Getafe and Villarreal, as well as Leverkusen’s visit and two clashes with BATE Borisov in the Champions League. Messi became the first player to score five goals in a single Champions League match in 2012 to fuel Barcelona’s 7-1 romp over Leverkusen. Our plan is to keep playing the way we are but with other players. “Obviously, when it is Leo Messi even more so, for the weight he carries among our group”.