Barcelona defeated Sevilla 4-2 at the Camp Nou on Saturday but an injury to Lionel Messi took the gloss off the win. Argentina international Messi set up Philippe Coutinho’s early strike before the captain then doubled the advantage in the 12th minute, putting the hosts in control of the crucial La Liga contest.
But the 31-year-old’s evening was cut short after 26 minutes when he was forced to leave the field after landing awkwardly on his right arm following a tussle for the ball with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez.
Barcelona confirmed the forward has fractured the radial bone in his forearm and will be out for approximately three weeks, meaning he will miss Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Inter and next Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.
Reacting to the news, head coach Ernesto Valverde said: “It is clear it is a blow. We know what he gives us and we know what he does to the opposition. We have to prepare ourselves, it is clear we are going to notice the loss of Messi but we have players that can cover.”
Barca’s win against Sevilla sends them back to the top of La Liga, replacing Alaves who have now dropped to second.