Ready for a first Clasico sans Messi, Ronaldo since 2007?

Date published: Sunday 21st October 2018 10:44

Cristiano Ronaldo is a bit tied up in Italy. Lionel Messi is in a bloody cast.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will miss next week’s Clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, the LaLiga leaders have announced.

Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out.

Barcelona said on Twitter: “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”

Messi started Saturday’s game brightly, setting up Philippe Coutinho’s second-minute opener before doubling Barca’s lead with his own goal 10 minutes later.

But he was hurt midway through the first-half when he fell awkwardly in an innocuous-looking challenge with Franco Vazquez.

The Barcelona medical staff applied heavy strapping to his right arm but he was unable to continue.

Three weeks on the sidelines would see Messi miss six matches, starting with Wednesday’s Champions League game against Inter Milan.

After Sunday’s Clasico, Messi also stands to miss a Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa, the return leg against Inter and LaLiga contests with Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis leading up to the next international break.


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