Barcelona's Lionel Messi exits Sevilla match with arm injury

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The Barcelona talisman had already assisted Philippe Coutinho inside the opening two minutes to give his side an early advantage at the Nou Camp.

But that goal was just minutes before the number 10 fell to the ground, injuring his right arm.

He was given medical attention for several minutes on the touchline, with Barca's physios putting a significant amount of strapping around his right elbow.

He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday.

Barca have clashes with Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga respectively over the course of next week and Messi will have to watch from the sidelines.

Sevilla made the score respectable when Muriel fired home from close range in second-half stoppage time, as Barca ran out 4-2 winners on the night.

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'He will be out for approximately three weeks'. He then got on the scoresheet himself - his seventh LaLiga strike of 2018/19 - in the 12th minute to put Barcelona in control.

Shortly after leaving the pitch, the player got into a private auto and headed straight to the club's medical centre for further tests.

Messi will miss next week's clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, the Spanish La Liga leaders have announced.

He's the team's leading scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches.

Should Messi miss Sunday's clash against their league rivals, it would be first Clasico to not feature him or Cristiano Ronaldo (now with Juventus) since December 23, 2007.

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