Barcelona Victory Tarnished As Injured Lionel Messi Set To Miss Three Weeks

Ousmane Dembele was brought on to replace Messi, who had scored in the first half of Barcelona's 4-2 win after providing the assist for Philippe Coutinho's opener.

Messi, meanwhile, was out with a hamstring injury and Frank Rijkaard's team paid the price, unable to beat Iker Casillas without the striker.

The Argentine is now nearly certain to miss Wednesday's Champions League clash with Inter Milan, and will also be a huge doubt for El Clasico next weekend.

Lionel Messi has fractured his arm and will be unavailable for next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid, Barcelona have confirmed.

Lionel Messi left Barcelona's 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday night after suffering an undisclosed arm injury. "We know what he gives us and we know what he does to the opposition".

Messi was helped off the pitch by medical staff and, despite having his right arm heavily strapped, he was finally substituted in the 26th minute.

"We will try to make sure Leo's absence is noticed as little as possible", Rakitic said afterwards.


The hosts picked up from where they left off in the first half, and managed to bag a third goal in the 63rd minute when Luis Suarez converted a penalty that he won.

Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two for Sevilla, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic.

Saturday was an otherwise excellent day for Barca.

The return match against Inter in Italy then comes early next month, before tricky La Liga games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid.

Sevilla did indeed have one back in the 79th minute when Sarabia's deflected effort found a route past Ter Stegen.

Barcelona and Sevilla are looking up as they go head to head at the Nou Camp.

Asked about rumours that Lopetegui could be sacked, Sergio Ramos replied: 'I always said that manager changes are never good for anyone.


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