Barcelona's Lionel Messi off injured a week before El Clásico

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2018

However, Rakitic restored Barca's three-goal advantage with a superb volley that sailed into the bottom corner.

Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half at the Nou Camp.

The scans showed that Messi has broken his arm, and will be out for at least three weeks. He will be out for approximately three weeks.

Lionel Messi was replaced in the first half of Barcelona's LaLiga match against Sevilla with a concerning arm injury, placing his Clasico participation in doubt. The first save from Andre Silva's header was brilliant but blocking the rebound from Franco Vazquez was arguably even better.

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'We do not make decisions about who has to be a coach. We will prepare for it but of course we are going to notice the loss of Messi. We all know what the opponent thinks when they play Leo. "But we have to take it on, we have resources [to come into the team], despite the opposition being tough".

Following the confirmation of Messi's injury ahead of a vital showdown with bitter rivals Real Madrid, it dawned on everyone that next week's El Clasico would be without two protagonists for the first time in 11 years.

In addition to missing the Madrid clash, Barca's all-time top scorer will be unavailable for Wednesday's Champions League home match with Inter Milan and the return leg on November 6 - plus a Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa and league contests with Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis.

Getting back to winning ways will be a huge relief for Valverde, but Messi's injury gives him another headache.

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