FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will miss El Clasico after suffering a fractured arm after a sensational start in the 4-2 victory over Sevilla this weekend.
Messi, 31, was left writhing in agony after landing heavily on his right arm after colliding with Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez.
He was still in obvious discomfort as he left the field in the 26th minute but there was no blamed attached to the Italian as he competed fairly for the ball, but Messi’s full body weight landed on his right arm.
The Argentine looked in scintillating form in the opening stages, setting up Phillipe Coutinho’s opener before scoring a fine second to take his tally for the season to 12 in as many matches.
The Barcelona physio applied heavy strapping upon suffering the serious injury blow, but Messi was unable to continue and replaced by Ousmane Dembele.
The Blaugrana confirmed after the game that the 31-year-old suffered a ‘fracture of the radial bone in his right arm’.
And with that, he is set to miss the UEFA Champions League tie against Inter Milan in midweek and the Classico with Real Madrid on Sunday.