Messi out three weeks with broken arm

Hope Soto
October 21, 2018

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will miss three weeks with a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm, the team announced Saturday.

Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi´s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend´s Clasico against Real Madrid.

The worrying moment came as Messi looked to dispossess Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez, and as he became unbalanced he landed extremely awkwardly on his right arm.

Messi left Barca's La Liga match against Sevilla in the 26th minute on Saturday.

"It is clear it is a blow", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. "We know what he can give to us, what it means to the opposition when Leo's on our team".

Barca have clashes with Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga respectively over the course of next week and Messi will have to watch from the sidelines. "But it does not have to affect us".

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Vaclik kept out a Coutinho effort in the 52nd minute after a low-key start to the second period, before Luis Suarez struck wide of the post from distance two minutes later.

Barca will hope the injury to their star player is not serious, particularly with a handful of hard fixtures coming up. Barcelona, meanwhile, seem to have sparked a rival.

The hosts then went down the other end and scored a fourth, with Rakitic's super volley finding the back of the net to secure all three points.

"He did enough didn´t he?" He tried to continue the match, but was in too much pain, and eventually replaced with Ousmane Dembélé. Suarez buried the penalty.

Sarabia's 79th-minute reply took a vital deflection off former Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet to ruin Ter Stegen's clean sheet, the Germany goalkeeper then making a second double save. Muriel added what proved only to be a consolation in injury time.

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