Messi's absence opens El Clasico door for Dembele

A broken arm suffered in a home victory against Sevilla could see Barcelona star Lionel Messi miss three weeks of action

Barcelona beat Sevilla when the two sides met in the Spanish Super Cup back in August, and they made the ideal when Coutinho took Messi's ball and curled a trademark shot past Tomas Vaclik into the top corner.

The major disappointment is that Messi will miss the match against Real Madrid on October 28. The trophy was handed to him by formee team mate Javier SAVIOLA.

Messi was hurt in the first half of Barcelona's 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou Stadium.

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.

Luis Suarez celebrates after converting from the penalty spot in Barcelona's 4-2 win over Sevilla
APLuis Suarez celebrates after converting from the penalty spot in Barcelona's 4-2 win over Sevilla

Messi will now miss Barca's Champions League game at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday, as well as the season's first Clasico four days later against Real Madrid.

"It was a game that was hard from the beginning and I hope that we have better luck next time".

It was Messi's pass that set up Philippe Coutinho's opening goal in the second minute.

It appeared that the South American would return having been strapped up, but the decision was made to replace the 31-year-old, with Ousmane Dembele entering the field.

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Sarabia's 79th-minute reply took a vital deflection off former Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet to ruin Ter Stegen's clean sheet, the Germany goalkeeper then making a second double save.

"Barcelona have talent in every part of the pitch, this is a game against one of the strongest teams in the world".

They loudly jeered coach Julen Lopetegui and his players after Madrid reached 481 minutes without finding the net in losing to Levante 2-1 at home on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

As Real Madrid are proving in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, a striker's goals are hard to replace but so too is the aura.

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It is six games since Barca last kept a clean sheet - a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League opener - and the defence has come under scrutiny amid the poor run.

"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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