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Barca concern ahead of Clasico as Messi injured in win over Sevilla

After creating one goal and scoring another, Lionel Messi was replaced in the first half of Barcelona’s 4-2 victory.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

LIONEL MESSI WAS replaced in the first half of Barcelona’s LaLiga match against Sevilla with a concerning arm injury, placing his Clasico participation next weekend in doubt.

The Argentina superstar scored Barca’s second with a gorgeous 20-yard finish after a swift breakaway in the 12th minute, but he fell awkwardly soon after in a coming together with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez.

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.

Initially it looked as though he was going to attempt to carry on, but after having his arm tended to, he laid back on the floor looking resigned to his fate.

He soon trudged away and down the tunnel, with Ousmane Dembele replacing him.

It could be a particularly crucial injury given the importance of Barca’s upcoming games against Inter in the Champions League and Sunday’s El Clasico clash with Real Madrid.

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Messi is Barca’s top scorer so far this season, with his first-half effort against Sevilla his seventh in nine LaLiga outings.

Philippe Coutinho scored Barcelona’s first in the second minute and they led 2-0 at the break. 

Luis Suarez converted a penalty 18 minutes into the second period to leave the hosts three in front.

In an eventful final 11 minutes, Pablo Sarabia got Sevilla off the mark before Ivan Rakitic made the game safe for Barcelona will a goal of his own. In stoppage-time, Luis Muriel made it 4-2 for Sevilla.

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