Messi injured but Barcelona go top with Sevilla win

Messi suffers arm injury ahead of clash with Real Madrid

Lionel Messi picks up nasty arm injury and could miss El Clasico

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.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will miss three weeks with a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm, the team announced Saturday.

Getting back to winning ways will be a huge relief for Valverde, but Messi's injury gives him another headache.

Messi will miss playing Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, and the Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend. After the game the defender said: "It was an important match against a Sevilla who arrived as leaders and we knew that we had to win to put ourselves there".

'Julen has the support of all his players and together we will see how to turn this around'. Of course we're going to notice not having Messi, we know that.

"There have been games that Leo has not played in". "We will try to maintain our style". "We have to go step by step and each win is important".

Ivan Rakitic's fine volley made it 4-1 and although substitute Luis Muriel curled home an impressive effort of his own, Barcelona held on to secure their first win in five La Liga matches.

Guilherme Arana struck the post but Messi scored a typically brilliant second for his side in the 12th minute, running on to a superb Suarez pass and cutting inside off the right flank to find the bottom-left corner from 20 yards to record his 25th goal against Sevilla. "It was a game against a good team, which has demanded a lot, marked by Messi's injury".

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