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La Liga: Barcelona win 2-1, but lose Messi for up to 8 weeks

Madrid: Lionel Messi will be out for up to eight weeks with knee ligament damage suffered as Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga table with a 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday.

Las Palmas' Javi Varas helps Lionel Messi. Pic/Getty Images
Las Palmas' Javi Varas helps Lionel Messi. Pic/Getty Images

Luis Suarez struck twice to ensure no more damage was done to Barca’s title bid, but the hosts were left hanging on after Jonathan Viera’s deflected effort three minutes from time halved the deficit.

Barca had been humiliated 4-1 at Celta Vigo in midweek and hopes of a trouble-free afternoon were ended after just 10 minutes when Messi injured his left knee in a clash with Pedro Bigas. Messi, 28, was injured as he tried to turn the ball home after taking a wonderful first touch inside the area.

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