Leo Messi breaks his arm
Barcelona beat Sevilla but the Catalans lost Leo Messi.
Messi broke his arm on Saturday night in La Liga.
Barcelona have posted the following injury update on their club website:
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.
Mundo Deportivo say there's not just a crisis but a "Mega crisis" at Real Madrid, while their main headline is "Broken leader" as Barcelona go top but Messi breaks his arm. pic.twitter.com/OgQ1eRGlJL
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) October 21, 2018
El Clasico & Real Madrid
Next weekend it’s the big one in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou.
What’s clear is that Messi will be out of action against Los Blancos.
Messi will be absent from an El Clasico match for the first time since 2007.
Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo will almost certainly never play in another El Clasico after he left Real Madrid for Juventus.
Messi may miss six matches in total
Aside from the Real Madrid game, Barcelona may have to do without Messi in five other upcoming games.
Barcelona’s fixture list in the next three weeks reads as follows:
Champions League: Barcelona vs Inter Milan (Wednesday, 24 October)
La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid (Sunday, 28 October)
Copa del Rey: Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona (Wednesday, 31 October)
La Liga: Rayo vs Barcelona (Saturday, 3 November)
Champions League: Inter Milan vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 6 November)
La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Betis (Sunday, 11 November)
Who will replace Messi?
Barcelona appear to have two main options to fill in for Messi in the upcoming weeks.
Malcom could finally get a run in the team after the Brazilian joined from Bordeaux in the summer.
Alternatively Ousmane Dembele could be picked to show what he can do in the starting XI.
Can Luis Suarez step up and replace Lionel Messi?! pic.twitter.com/Z0TiTj9iDm
— Goal (@goal) October 21, 2018