Messi breaks right arm, out for about 3 weeks

Asensio and Busquets

Asensio and Busquets

Messi was hurt in the first half of Barcelona's 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou Stadium.

It appeared that the South American would return having been strapped up, but the decision was made to replace the 31-year-old, with Ousmane Dembele entering the field.

The injury ruled him out of the "Clasico" against arch rivals Real Madrid on October 28.

"There have been games when Messi hasn't played before and we've tried to play in the same way".

It was Messi's pass that set up Philippe Coutinho's opening goal in the second minute.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was forced off with a nasty arm injury just 17 minutes into the 4-1 win over Sevilla last night, with it later revealed by Barcelona that their talisman is facing around three weeks on the sidelines having suffered a "fracture of the radial bone in his right arm".




The result leaves Real fifth in the table on 14 points from nine games - four behind leaders Barca - and piles the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui.

Valverde is under no illusions about the challenges ahead without his talisman but suggested Messi's absence may allow other players to step up.

"We shouldn't let Messi's injury affect us", defender Gerard Pique said. Barcelona, meanwhile, seem to have sparked a rival.

Pablo Sarabia did provide a glimmer of hope with 11 minutes remaining when he's deflected effort found the back of the net to reduce the deficit. Muriel added what proved only to be a consolation in injury time.

The victory saw the Catalan side to reclaim top spot and stretch their lead over Los Blancos to four points after they lost 2-1 at home to Levante.

"I still think he wants to play against Madrid". "We have a host of forwards who can lead the games for us".

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