- Lionel Messi has fractured his arm one week before the
biggest match of FC Barcelona’s season so far.
- The injury occured after just 17 minutes of Saturday’s La
Liga game against Sevilla.
- Messi had already provided one assist and scored one goal
before he suffered a horrific fall while challenging for the ball
alongside Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez.
- Messi was treated by the sidelines, had his arm wrapped with
a bandage, and used his shirt as a sling before he was ultimately
replaced by Ousmane Dembele.
- It has been confirmed Messi will be out of action for the
upcoming El Clásico match against Real Madrid on Sunday, October
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Lionel Messi needed just two minutes to create a goal when FC
Barcelona played Sevilla at Camp Nou on Saturday, then scored one
himself 10 minutes later.
It looked like world soccer was about to get treated to yet
another Messi masterclass, but the forward suffered a horrific
fall in the 17th minute, badly injured his arm, and was
substituted off of the field.
The injury looked so bad, former Barça striker Gary Lineker, who
presents the popular British soccer highlights show “Match of the
Day”, tweeted that his arm “may be
Lineker said that the player’s first half cameo was “all we’re
going to get.” He added: “Looks like he’s seriously damaged his
arm… may be broken.”
Sadly 15 minutes of Messi is all we’re going to get. Looks like he’s seriously damaged his arm…may be broken.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 20, 2018
The global news network beIN Sports also tweeted that the injury
could be a “dislocation or fracture.”
The clash occured just over a third of the way into the opening
half of the Sevilla game. Barcelona was already leading 2-0 and
Messi, who was by far the most effective player on the pitch,
tussled for the ball alongside Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez.
Messi got tangled up, fell over Vazquez’s leg, and landed
awkwardly on his arm with his right elbow bending in the opposite
direction to his body.
Messi received treatment on the sidelines, had a bandage wrapped
around his arm by club physios, and left the field using his
shirt as a sling, according to beIN Sports. He
was eventually replaced by Ousmane Dembele.
After the match, FC Barcelona confirmed the severity of the
injury on its Twitter account.
“Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have
confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right
arm,” a statement said. “He will be
out for approximately three weeks.”
❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on the first team player 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. #FuerzaLeo pic.twitter.com/kpNcspnfqo
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018
The injury leaves FC Barcelona without its best player one week
before its biggest match of the year so far — the
highly-anticipated El Clásico against bitter rival Real Madrid on
Sunday, October 28.
Prior to the Sevilla game, Messi was Barça’s standout performer
with an overall La Liga rating of 8.43 from eight outings,
according to statistics website
As Barcelona’s next best player is Philippe Coutinho with a
rating of 7.35, Messi’s absence will be felt.
Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-1.