Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

On that day, Julio Baptista scored the only goal of the game to collect all three points for Bernd Schuster's side.

Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half at the Nou Camp.

He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday.

"He will be out for approximately three weeks".

Then came the innocuous clash with Franco Vazquez and a odd five minutes as Messi seemed to be far more concerned about his injury than the Barcelona bench. The first save from Andre Silva's header was brilliant but blocking the rebound from Franco Vazquez was arguably even better.

He was still in obvious discomfort as he left the field in the 26th minute.


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.

"In the end, it is about who he is and we know what he gives us. We will be prepared to overcome this".

"But we have to to accept it and prepare to be without him".

The Argentina attacker will therefore be unavailable to face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday, as well as missing next weekend's Clasico.

Despite being on a run of one win in five in all competitions, Barca led inside two minutes with Coutinho bending home a sensational first-time strike to complete a wonderful team move involving Messi and Suarez.

At the time of writing, the severity of Messi's injury remains unknown but considering the pain he was in, it would not be surprising to see him miss some crucial fixtures for the Catalan giants.

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