Barcelona's Messi Injured, Misses El Clasico

Sherman Parsons
October 24, 2018

Messi set up Philippe Coutinho for Barca's opener in the second minute at Camp Nou before doubling the lead himself with a fine strike from 20 yards.

The 31-year-old landed awkwardly on his arm and a physio applied strapping before Ousmane Dembele came on as a replacement.

Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of LaLiga on Saturday.

Barcelona are without Lionel Messi for their Champions League showdown with Inter at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

After Barcelona broke the news of Messi's injury, Inter posted a reply to Barcelona on Twitter, expressing their disappointment at not being able to face Messi.

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"Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we can not allow his absence to affect us", Piqué said.

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Barca go into the match - featuring two teams with six points from their opening two Group B games - without their talisman after he suffered a broken bone in his arm in Saturday's win over Sevilla.

Local media immediately questioned whether Madrid should fire Lopetegui before the clasico next weekend at Barcelona or give him a chance to try to save his job against the rival.

The Argentine forward is now the second top scorer in LaLiga this season with seven goals in nine games.

He did not play in last season's El Clasico ties, only named as an unused substitute for one of them, but on Sunday he faces his biggest test as a Barcelona player.

Inter are now on a seven match unbeaten run and will be in good spirits when they take on Spanish giants Barcelona.

Even though the team won an unprecedented third Champions League in a row, Madrid played poorly in the other competitions during Zidane's final season in charge.

"We have the idea to solve the problems we have inside the dressing room, not outside, and we will keep things that way", said Valverde.

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