Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was taken to the hospital after injuring his left knee during today’s match against Las Palmas in the eighth minute. The team has just announced he has a tear in the internal collateral ligament and is expected to miss 7-8 weeks.
Messi has been able to stay healthy in recent years despite an arduous competition schedule. His is obviously a huge loss for Barcelona. If the initial timetable is correct, Messi will miss four Champions League matches in addition to an El Clasico installment against Real Madrid.