Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Barcelona's Lionel Messi exits Sevilla match with arm injury

Barcelona's Lionel Messi exits Sevilla match with arm injury

The 31-year-old Argentine icon set up the opener for Coutinho and posted a goal himself; he was subbed off in the 26th minute after a collision with Franco Vazquez sent him falling awkwardly in midfield and landing on his right arm.

Medical tests showed a radial bone fracture in his right arm.

"It is clear it is a blow", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. "Sooner or later we will come out of this", he said.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen started the match on the back of five straight games without a clean sheet.

'Julen has the support of all his players and together we will see how to turn this around'. He tried to continue the match, but was in too much pain, and eventually replaced with Ousmane Dembélé.

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However, Inter believe it is a great shame that Messi might not feature against them and replied to Barcelona with a wonderful tweet.

'Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we can not allow his absence to affect us, ' centre back Pique said after the game.

Pablo Sarabia puled a goal back on 79 minutes for the visitors before goals from Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic, against his former side, and Sevilla striker Luis Muriel rounded out the scoring.

It was a ridiculous 15 minutes for Lionel MESSI against Sevilla as he scored, assisted and got injured.

Real will look to the Champions League to provide a much-needed confidence boost at home to Czech club Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, before they head into the crunch clash with Barcelona. We have the players to cover for him, but we have some very tough games coming up.

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Barcelona, sitting at the top of the table, are now four points above fifth-placed Real Madrid ahead of their showdown next weekend.

Atletico struggled against Villarreal and goalkeeper Jan Oblak pulled off hard saves to keep Diego Simeone's team from defeat.

Villarreal, 14th in the standings, remained winless after six home matches in all competitions this season.

Pique and Pedro scored as Barcelona won 2-0 and reached the knock-out rounds.

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