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Messi sidelined 7 to 8 weeks with MCL tear

by Tom Conn | Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Barcelona forward Leo Messi has suffered a torn MCL in his left knee that will keep him out of action for the next seven to eight weeks.

(Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Barcelona earned a much needed victory over Las Palmas on Saturday afternoon but it came with the highest of costs as four-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi has been ruled out for the next two months after suffering a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Messi was forced to leave the match after just 10 minutes after feeling discomfort in his left knee when he attempted a shot in third minute of the match and collided with Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas.

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The Argentine World Cup finalist was then replaced by Munir before heading into the dressing room where the club’s medical staff went through a series of tests before coming to the conclusion that the Barcelona star had partially torn his MCL, which comes with a standard recovery time of seven to eight weeks, which would see him miss eight La Liga matches and three Champions League group stage ties.

However, the most significant of those could be the first ‘El Clasico’ of the season against Real Madrid on November 22nd, almost eight weeks away.

Messi will not need surgery to repair the partial tear, but his loss will be a significant blow to the blaugrana, who have had difficulty scoring even with Messi in the line-up and only adds to the multitude of injuries the team has already suffered this season, the second devastating knee injury to an important player after Rafinha suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.

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