Messi in­jury gives Barca and Dem­bele chance to prove their worth

A ROUND-UP OF THE WEEK’S SPORT NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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Barcelona’s low­est ebbs are in­vari­ably fol­lowed by ques­tions about Lionel Messi but the is­sue of over-reliance may be­come clearer over the com­ing weeks.

The sight of Messi on the ground, grasp­ing his right arm, dur­ing Barca’s win over Sevilla last week prompted re­ac­tions in­side Camp Nou nor­mally re­served for the con­ced­ing of goals. Hands be­hind heads, fin­gers over mouths, the con­cern be­came real shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle when the club con­firmed Messi had frac­tured his ra­dial bone. His ab­sence leaves Barca vul­ner­a­ble when they need him most for a run of fix­tures. If he takes longer than ex­pected to re­cover, he could miss tricky games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid in La Liga too. Barcelona have grown used to ac­cu­sa­tions of de­pen­dence, not least when re­sults have taken a turn for the worse.

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