Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Messi out for three weeks

Lionel Messi fractures right arm and will miss El Clasico in huge blow to Barcelona Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury
Edward Snyder | 24 October, 2018, 00:03

Barcelona ended its slump and regained the Spanish league lead but there was little to celebrate as Lionel Messi broke his right forearm and will be sidelined for three weeks.

As well as the Classico next Sunday, Barcelona also face a vital Champions League tie at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday.

"When (Messi) is with us he gives us a sense of security", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.

The Nerazzurri, instead, extended their support to the injured Argentine forward and expressed their regret of not having the chance to face him. He did go without it for a sixth running match against the Andalusians but made sure that he made his presence on the pitch visible to the crowd with some reflexive and stunning saves. "He hasn't been a starter in the last three matches, but we are counting on him".

Barcelona won 4-2, with Messi scoring twice and Coutinho once.

Barcelona sit level with Inter on six points in Group B.

"It was a game that was hard from the beginning and I hope that we have better luck next time".




"He is the best we've seen and now among all of us we have to make his absence less noticeable because we don't have his genius".

The Barcelona physio applied heavy strapping upon suffering the serious injury blow, but Messi was unable to continue and replaced by Ousmane Dembele.

Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi's injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid.

"Anyone can lose the ball, the problem is the reaction you have afterwards", Valverde said.

To maintain a resurgence built on wins over Tottenham and Sevilla, as well as a draw away to Valencia, Valverde will have to find the solution. Ronaldo's Valladolid on the rise, In contrast, Valladolid, who came up with Huesca from the Segunda last season, find themselves in sixth and above Real Madrid in the table.

"I know who Leo is", Maradona, who is coaching Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa, said after his team's 3-2 win at Mineros de Zacatecas at the weekend.

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