Lionel Messi injury update: Barcelona star has MCL injury, will miss 7-8 weeks

Lionel Messi suffered a knee injury on Saturday and reportedly could miss a few weeks of action

Lionel Messi went down early in Barcelona’s La Liga fixture against Las Palmas after taking a challenge that seemed to knock him the knee. The superstar was subbed out in the 10th minute and was promptly transported to the hospital for further evaluation of the injury.

Though he walked off the pitch under his own power, Barcelona fans collectively held their breath awaiting news on his injury. According to Eurosport UK, it’s an MCL injury for the Argentinian forward and he is currently expected to be out for three weeks of action:

[UPDATE:] Barcelona has announced that Messi’s timeline is 7-8 weeks now.

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Messi was also seen leaving the hospital. It’s certainly not conclusive, but he is noticeably in pain and limping while walking out of the facility:

Barcelona was able to still get on the board twice after Messi’s exit, but the loss of Messi is undeniably a huge blow for the side as he’s their unquestioned leader and motor.

Barcelona has a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday that Messi will likely miss and he will also likely be out for their next two La Liga fixtures. Given the three-week timetable, a return in their Champions League match against BATE on October 20 or in their La Liga fixture against Eibar on October 25 seems like the most likely scenario.