Messi injury puts dampener on Barcelona's victory over Sevilla

Lionel Messi fractures right arm and will miss El Clasico in huge blow to Barcelona

Hands behind heads, fingers over mouths, the concern became real shortly after the final whistle when the club confirmed Messi had fractured his radial bone.

Messi scored Barcelona's second goal against Sevilla following Philippe Coutinho's 2nd-minute opener but the Argentinian icon was forced off in the 26th minute at the Nou Camp.

He was involved in a challenge with Franco Vazquez in the 17th minute and was replaced by Ousmane Dembele shortly after landing awkwardly.

Given Messi has been given an approximate recovery time of three weeks, there is every chance he could also miss the visit of Betis, precisely 21 days after suffering his injury and just before the next worldwide break.

Barcelona's ambitions were rocked when Lionel Messi was injured and ruled out for at least three weeks during their outing versus Sevilla.

Barcelona's star Lionel Messi will miss next weekend's "El Clasico" against fierce opponents Real Madrid due to a major arm injury.

They sent a tweet to Messi after Barcelona confirmed the extent of his injury.

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Real sit in fifth place with 14points.

"Emotionally, we know when he is there, he gives us more confidence because he is the best in the world", Gerard Pique said.

The Argentine forward is now the second top scorer in LaLiga this season with seven goals in nine games.

The 31-year-old could only last 26 minutes on the pitch before he was being replaced with France worldwide Ousmane Dembele.

"It is always special for me to play against Sevilla, it was an important victory for us".

However, coach Ernesto Valverde isn't the only one with injury headaches, as counterpart Luciano Spalletti will be facing an anxious week or so after the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday night took its toll on his players. Barcelona, meanwhile, seem to have sparked a rival.

Their defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League earlier this month means the European champions are five games without a win.

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