Lionel Messi suffers injury setback as Barcelona beat Villarreal

Lionel Messi suffers injury setback as Barcelona beat Villarreal

Barcelona have returned to winning ways in La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Villarreal in Tuesday night’s encounter at Camp Nou.

Antoine Griezmann and Arthur gave the home side an early two-goal advantage, only for Santi Cazorla’s 25-yard strike to halve the deficit before the break.

While Barcelona were able to hold on during the second half, they were dealt a blow as Lionel Messi – making his first start of the season – was substituted midway through the contest after picking up what appeared to be a thigh problem.

However, despite the near misses, Barcelona were able to hold on for three much-needed points as they got themselves back into contention at the top of the table.

BARCELONA (4-3-3) Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; Sergi Roberto (De Jong 63′), Busquets, Arthur; Messi (Dembele 46′), Suarez (Fati 78′), Griezmann

VILLARREAL (4-2-3-1) Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla; Zambo Anguissa, Iborra; Chukwueze, Cazorla (Bacca 77′), Ontiveros (Ekambi 57′); Moreno (Gomez 68′)