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Lionel Messi to miss El Clasico and Inter Milan clash due to fractured arm

Written by: Neelav Chakravarti

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The Argentine could be back right before his side's crucial clash against Atletico Madrid at the end of November.

In yesterday's LaLiga fixture between Barcelona and Sevilla, the entire Camp Now was silenced in the 17th-minute, as Blaugrana skipper Lionel Messi lay on the ground, expressing immense pain. The all-time Barca record goalscorer was flat on the ground, as he fell awkwardly on his right arm on Saturday, and looked in a lot of pain.

The Catalan club has confirmed that the Argentine maestro will be out for approximately three weeks due to a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. After the fall, Messi received treatment in the sidelines as the game continued, with his arm being wrapped by trainers. Eventually, he couldn't continue anymore as he remained down in discomfort. He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele.


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So, Messi will miss next weekend's El Clasico against Real Madrid, and the Champions League tie against Inter Milan.

Before walking off the field, the 31-year-old had already helped his side to a 2-0 lead. He assisted Philippe Coutinho for the opener, and scored the second within the opening 12 minutes. Barcelona went on to win 4-2. The Catalan outfit face Inter on Wednesday, and Real Madrid next Sunday. It will be interesting to see how Barcelona perform without him, and he could be back right before his side's crucial clash against Atletico Madrid at the end of November.

Published: Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:37 PM IST

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