Barca win but Messi is out after injury

Barca win but Messi is out after injury

Barca win but Messi is out after injury

Messi was unable to play on though and Barcelona confirmed shortly after full-time that tests have revealed a "fracture of the radial bone in his right arm".

Messi landed awkwardly after a barge from Franco Vasquez, replays showing his right arm appearing to buckle as he hit the deck.

Ousmane Dembele was Messi's replacement but Suarez took on the mantle, too quick to his own heavy touch and brought down by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Gerard Pique admits Barcelona will miss Lionel Messi but backed his team-mates to kick on without the superstar after he broke his arm in the win over Sevilla on Saturday night.

Messi will sit out next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid , as well as Barca's Champions League fixtures against Inter. "He will be out for approximately three weeks", stated F.C. Barcelona on Twitter.

Messi will miss next week's clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, the Spanish La Liga leaders have announced.

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

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"It is clear it is a blow", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.

His team were 2-0 behind inside quarter of an hour on Saturday, with Jose Luis Morales opening the scoring for Levante before Roger Mart scored from the penalty spot.

Some fans went as far as saying the Argentinean was the best player in the match despite featuring for just 18-minutes on the pitch.

He was still in obvious discomfort as he left the field in the 26th minute.

The victory saw Barcelona end a run of four domestic games without victory, and capitalise on defeat earlier in the day for Madrid.

Barca then place Leonesa in the Copa del Rey, having a trip to Rayo Vallecano, a visit to Inter and a home tie with Real Betis before the mid-November global break.

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