Lionel Messi picks up nasty arm injury and could miss El Clasico

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Lionel Messi has left Barcelona's Spanish league match against Sevilla in the first half because of a right arm injury.

Then came the innocuous clash with Franco Vazquez and a unusual five minutes as Messi seemed to be far more concerned about his injury than the Barcelona bench.

The Barcelona talisman winced in agony as he was treated by the club's medical staff and replays of his fall seemed to show his arm hyper-extending.

At the time of writing, the severity of Messi's injury remains unknown but considering the pain he was in, it would not be surprising to see him miss some crucial fixtures for the Catalan giants.

Barcelona's next match is on Wednesday against Inter Milan in the Champions League, and then it hosts Real Madrid in the clasico next weekend. He played Messi in and from just inside the area the Argentine whipped a left-footed shot past Tomas Vaclik. The change after Messi's injury was all too evident. Leo Messi starts, Samuel Umtiti is still injured, lément Lenglet faces his former side.

Messi was trying to reclaim the ball when he ran into the back of a defender, fell, and bent his right elbow badly.

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Even with the two-goal deficit, Sevilla still fancied at least a result with no Messi on the pitch, but there was still Ter Stegen to deal with.

The goal gave Sevilla hope, and they looked on the verge of scoring a second but Ter Stegen had his Superman cape on and soared to stop a Sarabia shot before denying Muriel on the follow-up effort.

Rakitic added a late fourth with a controlled volley against his old club but Sevilla still had the final say, Muriel bending home a fine finish in added time.

Goals: 1-0, min. 2: Coutinho; 2-0, min. 12: Messi; 3-0, min. 64: Suarez (p); 3-1, min. 79: Sarabia; 4-1, min. 88: Rakitic; 4-2, min. 91: Muriel. Incredibly, Ter Stegen made another unbelievable double save in the closing stages to keep out Muriel and Sarabia. It was emphatically a penalty, and he emphatically scored with his first goal in 570 minutes, his fourth of the season.

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