Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Lionel MESSI scores, assists and gets injured for FC Barcelona

Lionel MESSI scores, assists and gets injured for FC Barcelona

He could return for the league game at home to Real Betis on November 11.

Barcelona have grown used to accusations of dependence, not least when results have taken a turn for the worse.

Maradona was referring to the extreme nerves Messi feels ahead of certain games which have seen him vomit before and during matches.

"But I am sure that Messi's injury should not affect our morale". "It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not".

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Messi scored their second goal with a shot from outside the area in the 12th, about 10 minutes after Phillipe Coutinho opened the scoring. In Messi's absence it will be important for Ter Stegen to ensure stability at the back if things don't go too well in the forward areas for Barca.

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He was involved in a challenge with Franco Vazquez in the 17th minute and was replaced by Ousmane Dembele shortly after landing awkwardly.

Barcelona appear to have turned a corner, however, after backing up their sensational win over Spurs with a draw away at Valencia and victory at home to Sevilla. Messi's position on the right of the front three is where he is most comfortable, rather than off the left, where the 21-year-old has often been made to adapt so far.

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Dembele, who signed from Borussia Dortmund in a £96m deal last summer, started in Barcelona's first seven La Liga games of the season - however he only completed 90 minutes once. It was the first time the Bianconeri dropped points after opening the Serie A season with eight consecutive wins.

But Valverde said, "Dembélé is lacking in confidence?"

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