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FC Barcelona News: 27 September 2015; Barcelona Earn Costly Win, Lose Lionel Messi for Two Months

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FC Barcelona v UD Las Palmas: Costly 2–1 victory at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez scored once in each half as FC Barcelona got back into the victory column with what turned out to be a costly 2–1 victory over UD Las Palmas at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon. Despite the win — which put the Catalans back at the top of the league table pending the outcomes of the rest of Saturday’s matches — Lionel Messi left the game after ten minutes of play and did not return.

Leo Messi out for seven to eight weeks | FC Barcelona
The tests carried out confirm that Leo Messi has suffered a tear in the medial collateral ligament of his left knee. He will be out for around six to eight weeks according to a statement from the Club’s Medical Staff. Leo Messi was replaced by Munir after 10 minutes of the first half of the game between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas after the striker had complained of trouble with his left knee.

Message of support for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
In light of the Argentinian's knee injury, his teammates turn to social media to express their sympathy and support.

Luis Enrique calm, and still confident | FC Barcelona
Although FC Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 2–1 at Camp Nou on Saturday, the news of the day, both on the field and in the pressroom, was the injury to Leo Messi. Asked about what it will mean to be playing without the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Barça head coach Luis Enrique Martínez wanted to reassure the fans.

Messi injury threatens to derail Barcelona's season -
A sunny afternoon at Camp Nou against a promoted team looked like the ideal way for Barcelona to boost morale after Wednesday night's 4-1 loss at Celta Vigo. But disaster struck after just nine minutes as Lionel Messi limped off through injury. And just after the game, fans' worst fears were confirmed.

Lionel Messi's importance to Barcelona in numbers - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi suffered a knee injury early in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Las Palmas and will now face seven to eight weeks on the sidelines, according to the club.

Suarez and Neymar must see Barca through Messi crisis - ESPN FC
Barcelona returned to winning ways with an unconvincing yet valuable 2-1 home victory over Las Palmas on Saturday. However, not a single one of the 99,000 supporters who attended the game at the Camp Nou left the stadium with a smile in their faces.

Sergio Busquets says win is big, but team is already focused on Bayer Leverkusen | FC Barcelona
"The win is important, but certainly the worst news is the injury to our best player," declared FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets as he left the dressing room. The injury to Messi, who will be seven to eight weeks, was the first thing on everyone's mind. "We're having bad luck with injuries, and still can't register players," he added.

Schedule for the week that the Champions League returns to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
After games in Vigo and at the Camp Nou, Barça now go into another week with a double-header. On Tuesday, they at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the second game of Champions League Group E, and will then immediately start focusing on the weekend’s trip to the Sánchez Pizjuan, home of Sevilla. Their only day off is Thursday.

Six braces and one hat-trick for Luis Suárez in 52 games | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez has a natural instinct in front of goal, and his figures since joining FC Barcelona demonstrate just how clinical he has been in the opposition penalty area. The Uruguayan wore the Barça jersey for the first time on 25 October 2014 at the Santiago Bernabéu - since then, he as scored 30 goals in 52 games for the club. In seven of those, he has managed at least two goals and his ratio currently stands at 0.57 strikes per game.

Rival Watch: Wins for Leverkusen, BATE and Roma | FC Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen, Barça’s next opponents in the Champions League on Tuesday at Camp Nou, recorded a much needed win in the Bundesliga this Saturday away at Werder Bremen. There were also wins for the blaugranes other opponents in Group E of this season’s competition, BATE Borisov beating Dinamo Minsk on Friday and Serie A side AS Roma recording a comfortable victory over Carpi on Saturday.

Recovery session ahead of Champions League return | FC Barcelona
After Saturday’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou, marred by the injury to Lionel Messi, Barça returned to training on Sunday with the focus turning to the midweek match against Bayer Leverkusen. Luis Enrique oversaw a recovery session at Ciutat Esportiva with the available first team players, as well as Gerard Gumbau from the reserve team.

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