Lionel Messi will miss next Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid after fracturing a bone in his right arm, but Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde is hopeful the Maestro won’t be hugely missed.
Barcelona confirmed the extent of Messi’s injury on Saturday night after their 4-2 win over Sevilla.
‘It’s an important loss and we have some difficult rivals to face but we have the players to come in,’ said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.
‘There are games when he has not played from the start and we have played with the same way. We have to stay focused on the important games that we have.’
Messi was taken off in the first half after falling on his right arm after a clash with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez.
The injury will would keep him out for three weeks. As well as the league game against Real Madrid he misses this week’s Champions League clash with Inter.