Messi's injury shocks Barcelona

Messi's injury shocks Barcelona

At first Barca seemed unconcerned by Messi's injury, with Ousmane Dembele taking an age to warm up.

Lionel Messi continues to amaze fans after bagging a goal, assist and a broken arm in an epic 18-minute cameo for Barcelona. "He will be out for approximately three weeks".

"It's evident that when he's there he [Messi] gives us security because he's the best in the world", said Pique.

"We will try to make sure Leo's absence is noticed as little as possible", Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.

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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.

This means that Messi will miss the Champions League action against Inter Milan and La Liga fixture with bitter rivals Real Madrid as well as four other games in the league, the Champions League, and the Copa del Rey.

Ernesto Valverde's men pushed for more goals in the second half and they were rewarded after the hour when Luis Suarez won a penalty.

Pablo Sarabia's deflected long-range effort brought Sevilla back into the game before Barcelona had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for a wonderful double stop to deny first Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder.

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Los Blancos set a new club-record goal drought when the match reached 56 minutes, surpassing their previous record of 465 minutes.

Atletico Madrid are two points ahead after they missed the chance to go top by drawing 1-1 away to Villarreal.

Real Madrid was four points behind Barcelona, in fifth place.

"Right now that is the last thing that I'm thinking about", said Lopetegui when asked if he was anxious about losing his job.

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Valverde is confident however that this latest decision will not provoke an unprofessional reaction on social media from the Chilean, whose behaviour has been affected by the club, the coach and his teammates.

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