Lionel Messi to miss El Clasico with fractured arm

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Lionel Messi broke his right forearm on Saturday and will be sidelined for about three weeks, a major setback for him and Barcelona right before some important games. He'll miss three others, including the return game against Inter.

Barcelona now face a nervous wait to determine the severity of the 31-year-old's injury ahead of a crucial week that includes a Champions League tie against Inter Milan in midweek and the clash with Real Madrid next weekend.

"It's a significant loss".

"It is clear it is a blow", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. We have to deal with it and we will be prepared. We all know what the opponent thinks when they play Leo.

Messi knew he was in trouble immediately when he hit the deck during a battle for the ball with Franco Vazquez.

Messi then got on the score-sheet on 12 minutes with a clinical finish into the bottom corner after weaving his way into the 18-yard area.

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Just moments after scoring, Messi fell over after a 50/50, landing on his outstretched arm which bent backwards.

He was in visible pain and was treated by team doctors.

The Catalan giants were then dealt a blow midway through the first half when Messi landed awkwardly and sustained an arm injury, forcing him off.

'Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm, ' Barcelona's official account tweeted after their 4-2 victory.

He's the team's leading scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches. "We will try to maintain our style".

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