Messi breaks right arm in vic­tory

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Scoreboard -

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi broke his right fore­arm on Satur­day and will be side­lined for about three weeks, a ma­jor set­back for him and Barcelona right be­fore some im­por­tant games. Messi will miss play­ing In­ter Mi­lan in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wednes­day, and the cla­sico against Real Madrid next week­end. He’ll miss three oth­ers, in­clud­ing the re­turn game against In­ter.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant loss. We will no­tice his ab­sence,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

“We’ve played with­out him in the past. We will be pre­pared to over­come this.”

Messi was hurt in the first half of Barcelona’s 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou Sta­dium. He was try­ing to re­claim the ball when he ran into the back of Sevilla mid­fielder Franco Vazquez and fell in the 17th minute. Try­ing to cush­ion his land­ing, Messi’s right el­bow bent badly.

He was in vis­i­ble pain and was treated by team doc­tors. They wrapped his el­bow with ban­dages and the play­maker tried to con­tinue, but he even­tu­ally left the field.

Messi was taken to a clinic and the club said tests showed a “frac­ture of the ra­dial bone.”

The play­maker scored the team’s sec­ond goal with a shot from out­side the area in the 12th.

He’s the team’s lead­ing scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches.

He was re­placed by Ous­mane Dem­bele on Satur­day.

“We’ll see how we will play with­out him,” Valverde said. “We will try to main­tain our style.”

Messi scored the team’s sec­ond goal with a shot from out­side the area in the 12th, about 10 min­utes after Phillipe Coutinho opened the scor­ing. Luis Suarez added the third by con­vert­ing a sec­ond-half penalty kick.

Sevilla replied through Pablo Sara­bia, Ivan Rakitic in­creased Barcelona’s lead in the 88th, and Sevilla net­ted again thanks to Luis Muriel in in­jury time.


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