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Barcelona suffer huge blow as Lionel Messi ruled out for 7-8 weeks after tearing ligament in his left knee.

The Catalan club confirmed the injury after Messi had tests at a nearby Barcelona hospital. Barcelona said it expects Messi to be out “seven to eight weeks.”

Messi went down after colliding with Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas in the third minute of his side's 2-1 win.

He writhed on the ground in front of the Las Palmas goal before play was stopped. Following medical attention, the Argentina star went back on, but two minutes later asked to be replaced in the eighth after carefully trotting around and testing his leg with a pair of passes.

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