Inter Milan Send A Brilliant Message To Lionel Messi After Arm Injury

Asensio and Busquets

Asensio and Busquets

Messi had set up Philippe Coutinho's opener before scoring himself 12 minutes in to Saturday's match, but went off midway through the first half with the injury.

And Messi was forced off with what was later confirmed as a fracture of the radial bone, with the Argentine predicted to miss three weeks of action as a result.

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

Ernesto Valverde, and Barça fans around the globe, will be keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the Champions League match on Wednesday and then the clash against their bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

It was a costly victory, though, as Lionel Messi badly bent his right elbow as he crumpled down to the ground in a heap after running into the back of a Sevilla defender.

"We must prepare ourselves and have resources to cope without him, even if there are tough game".

Without their talisman, Barca still managed to win the game 4-2, their other goals coming courtesy of a Luis Suarez penalty and a late goal from Ivan Rakitic.

With Barca 3-1 up heading into the final ten minutes, Ter Stegen pulled another sublime double save out of the bag to keep Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder at bay... "It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not".

Real sit in fifth place with 14points.

Julen Lopetegui is under intense pressure at the Bernabeu after Madrid's third defeat on the bounce to Levante. We had goals ruled out, hit the woodwork three times.

The Portuguese was still leading the way at Manchester United at that time, while Messi was laid low by a torn thigh muscle once more in the week leading up to the blockbuster match.

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