Messi likely to play in first Clasico of the season

Barcelona received a huge blow last week when talisman Lionel Messi was stretched off in the 10th minute during the match against Las Palmas.

The club’s official statement on their website stated that he suffering a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee.

He is expected to return in mid-November, with earlier reports suggesting that he is likely to miss the first El Clasico of the season.

However, Argentina team doctor, Donato Villani has come out with full assurance that the four-time ballon d’Or winner could make a quick recovery and return to action in less than two months.

“For years I’ve known Leo and I have no doubt that he will be ready in the shortest possible time of the injury, perhaps before that period of six-to-eight weeks,” Villani told Ole.

“He gets mad when he cannot play, when he’s not with the ball. Because of that I know that he’s going to recover quickly and in the best way because he’s very professional.

“The desire to play again and the will to heal can influence.”

Villani added: “There is a break in need of surgery. It heals with rest as a first step and then kinesiology.”

This is good news for the Catalans, nevertheless, the Barcelona legend will miss the next five-to-six league macthes.

More updates to follow…