Messi sidelined for three weeks with fractured arm

Messi sidelined for three weeks with fractured arm

He was taken to hospital where x-rays revealed he has a fractured arm, keeping him out of action for at least three weeks.

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.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he does not care about a contract extension as he dismissed speculation over his future with the LaLiga champions. "We know what he gives us and we know what he does to the opposition".

"We have important matches and we are excited to play them, even without Leo, as we will miss him".

The Argentine star scored Barcelona's second goal in the 12th minute, but went down after a collision with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez, and suffered a radial fracture after his elbow took the weight of his fall. "But it does not have to affect us". A attractive curling strike from Philippe Coutinho in the second minute was followed by a perfectly measured pass into the corner of the net from Barça's talismanic Argentine.

Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia pulled a goal back for the visitors soon after, helped by a heavy deflection from Barca defender Clement Lenglet, only for former Sevilla skipper Ivan Rakitic to score Barca's fourth, declining to celebrate the strike against his former club.

Luis Suarez celebrates after converting from the penalty spot in Barcelona's 4-2 win over Sevilla
APLuis Suarez celebrates after converting from the penalty spot in Barcelona's 4-2 win over Sevilla

Julen Lopetegui's future as Real Madrid coach is very much in doubt after his side continued their awful run of form with a 2-1 defeat at home to Levante.

Local media immediately questioned whether Madrid should fire Lopetegui before the clasico next weekend at Barcelona or give him a chance to try to save his job against the rival.

Barca fans had chanted, "don't touch the badge" before kick-off after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had announced plans to change the club crest had been shelved.

"He did enough didn't he?"

"It is not easy to change the attitude of a team just because of the absence of one player", he said.

He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday. Suarez buried the penalty. Sevilla substitute Luis Muriel made it 4-2 in stoppage time, after Ter Stegen had made another stunning double save.

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