Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks after breaking his right arm during Barcelona’s victory over Sevilla on Saturday.
Messi will miss Barça’s Champions League game at home against Inter Milan on Wednesday, as well as the season’s first Clásico four days later against Real Madrid.
A Barcelona club statement read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.”
The news means Messi will also sit out a Liga trip to Rayo Vallecano on Nov. 3 and the Champions League return match against Inter Milan in Italy on Nov. 6. He could return for the Nov. 11 league game at home to Real Betis.
“It is clear it is a blow,” Barça Coach Ernesto Valverde said. “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.”
Messi scored before going off in the 26th minute of Barça’s 4-2 victory over Sevilla at the Camp Nou, which sent them back to the top of La Liga.
He fell to the ground after a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vázquez. As he tried to cushion the landing with his right hand, his elbow appeared to buckle.
SOURCE: Agence France-Presse