Barca win but Messi is out after injury

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

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

In a statement on their website, the club said, "Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm".

Messi has played in 21 consecutive La Liga Clasicos, making next Sunday's clash the first without either player since 23rd December 2007.

Messi, 31, was left writhing in agony after landing heavily on his right arm after colliding with Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez.

'He will be out for approximately three weeks'.

"We've played without him in the past".

Messi had to be subbed out after 26 minutes and was replaced by Ousmane Dembele with Barcelona up 2-0.

Barcelona begin their Copa del Rey defence at the end of the month, though the absence of Messi should not prove too much of an issue given they face third-tier side Cultural Leonesa.

Barcelona's next match is on Wednesday against Inter Milan in the Champions League, and then it hosts Real Madrid in the clasico next weekend.

Messi had set up Philippe Coutinho's opener before scoring himself 12 minutes in to Saturday's match, but went off midway through the first half with the injury.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was in obvious pain, although Barca's medical team dressed his right arm and it initially appeared as though he may attempt to play on.

However, many web users are still confident about Barcelona's chances in El Clasico even despite Messi's injury.

It will be interesting to see how Barcelona fare without him given just how instrumental he is.

Following Barcelona's injury update, Inter Milan said, "We regret your injury and can not face you in the next few days".

Barcelona was up two goals against a scoreless Sevilla when Messi was forced off the field.

In between all of that, Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two outstanding double saves to ensure Sevilla did not get themselves back into the game.

Real Madrid was four points behind Barcelona, in fifth place.

Atletico Madrid, which drew at Villarreal 1-1, also was two back after nine matches.

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