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Barcelona 2-1 Las Palmas

Lionel Messi of Barcelona
Lionel Messi has a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out for seven to eight weeks after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a 2-1 win over Las Palmas.

Messi, 28, was injured in the third minute of the match and was taken to hospital after being replaced.

He may miss eight fixtures, but could return in time to face Real Madrid on 22 November.

"I'm always sad when one of my players gets injured and even more when it's Messi," coach Luis Enrique said.

"We will not change our style of play without Messi, although there are many moments in games in which Messi liberates us and finds solutions for us, so we'll have to strengthen in other areas and the team will have to step up without him."

In Messi's absence, Luis Suarez scored twice as the champions beat Las Palmas to briefly return to the top of La Liga.

Real Madrid failed to overtake the Catalan side when they could only draw against struggling Malaga at the Bernabeu, allowing Villarreal to climb above both teams with a 1-0 home win against 2014 champions Atletico Madrid.

Former Liverpool striker Suarez rose superbly to head in Sergi Roberto's cross and doubled the lead when he powerfully converted at the far post following Sergio Busquets's dummy.

Las Palmas forward Jonathan Viera reduced the deficit with a late strike, but Barca held on.

Ernest Macia from Radio Catalunya told BBC World Service:
"This is Messi's most important injury in seven or eight years.
"Barcelona must play many of their rivals at the start of the season so he is a big loss but normally Barcelona need him most when it comes to March or April. Now young players need to come up and come into the team."
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Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Sergi
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Bartra
  • 21AdrianoSubstituted forGumbauat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 79mins
  • 10MessiSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 10'minutesSubstituted forRamírezat 80'minutes
  • 9L SuárezBooked at 90mins
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6Dani Alves
  • 8Iniesta
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
  • 28Gumbau

Las Palmas

  • 13Varas Herrera
  • 2SimónBooked at 56mins
  • 3AlcarazBooked at 66mins
  • 16Artiles Oliva
  • 17Bigas
  • 23Castellano Betancor
  • 15Mesa QuevedoSubstituted forValerónat 68'minutes
  • 14Santana TrujilloBooked at 36minsSubstituted forCulioat 57'minutes
  • 12WakasoBooked at 58mins
  • 10AraujoSubstituted forEl Zharat 67'minutes
  • 20Viera Ramos

Substitutes

  • 1Lizoain
  • 5García Santana
  • 7Alemán Viera
  • 8Da Silva
  • 19Culio
  • 21Valerón
  • 25El Zhar
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
73,017

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamLas Palmas
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Las Palmas 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Las Palmas 1.

Foul by Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona).

Juan Carlos Valerón (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Mubarak Wakaso (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Gerard Gumbau replaces Adriano.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Nabil El Zhar.

Attempt missed. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, Las Palmas 1. Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nabil El Zhar.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Simón (Las Palmas).

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Juan Carlos Valerón (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juan Emmanuel Culio (Las Palmas).

Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Emmanuel Culio (Las Palmas).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi Varas.

Attempt saved. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sandro Ramírez replaces Munir El Haddadi.

Booking

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Mubarak Wakaso (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Juan Emmanuel Culio (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Las Palmas. Conceded by Marc Bartra.

Attempt blocked. Antolin Alcaraz (Las Palmas) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aythami with a headed pass.

Corner, Las Palmas. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

Attempt saved. Mubarak Wakaso (Las Palmas) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Emmanuel Culio.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Juan Emmanuel Culio (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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