Lionel Messi breaks right arm, out for about three weeks

Machín speaks to a member of his coaching staff at Friday's training

Barca have clashes with Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga respectively over the course of next week and Messi will have to watch from the sidelines.

"It's a significant loss".

Ernesto Valverde feels Lionel Messi's injury provides an opportunity for Barcelona players to step up, although he acknowledges the team will miss their captain.

"But we have to to accept it and prepare to be without him. We will be prepared to overcome this".

The Argentina superstar scored Barca's second with a gorgeous 20-yard finish after a swift breakaway in the 12th minute, but he fell awkwardly soon after in a coming together with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez.


Barcelona ended a run of four domestic games without a win as Philippe Coutinho, Messi, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic found the net, with Pablo Sarabia's deflected strike giving them something to think about late on before Luis Muriel's stoppage-time consolation goal.

'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, ' Barcelona's official account tweeted after their 4-2 victory.

The scans showed that Messi has broken his arm, and will be out for at least three weeks.

After joining Real Madrid for a then-world-record fee in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo played in all 18 La Liga matches against Barcelona, scoring nine goals.

"There have been games when Messi hasn't played before and we've tried to play in the same way". He is fundamental and he marks a lot of the team's game, but we will try to keep our idea and take a step forward.

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