Barca beat Getafe to end struggles

Valverde unsure when Messi will return for Barcelona

Valverde unsure when Messi will return for Barcelona

Barcelona continued their recovery from a poor start to the season with a 2-0 win at Getafe thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo.

There are no issues whatsoever in the goalkeeping department, however, with both Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Neto at the disposal of the Barcelona manager.

It was Barcelona's first win in their last nine competitive games away from Camp Nou and it eased the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde.

Having already fallen to shock defeats against Athletic and Granada, Barcelona find themselves sixth in the La Liga standings, four points behind league leaders Real Madrid. "I don't think we are anxious but since everybody keeps talking about this, it appears like we will need to win away whenever possible to eliminate this atmosphere", he explained.

With Barcelona's star attackers returning to fitness, the teenager has taken up a role on the substitutes bench in recent weeks, and he is now set for an undetermined period on the sidelines to recover from this knee injury.

Barca, who only won two of their first five La Liga games of the campaign, have now recorded consecutive victories despite being without injured trio Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele.

Getafe attacked boldly from the start, looking to test the nerve of the Spanish champions, while Carles Perez and Suarez came close at the other end.

Barcelona's German goalkeeper then played a crucial role in the opener, charging out of his area to regain possession before lofting a fine pass over the top of the defence for Suarez.

The Uruguayan International scored a wonderful goal against Getafe in the 41st minute to break the deadlock. Stegen was also able to keep a clean sheet for himself and his club in the fixture.

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