Barcelona may have won against Sevilla Saturday afternoon. By a scoreline of 4-2, in fact. But now they’re set to be without Lionel Messi for a few weeks. It turns out that he is human after all. In the 17th minute of their match against Sevilla, Messi didn’t exactly land great on his right arm. And now he’s dealing with a fracture.
Warning: Look away if you don’t like what promises to be pretty graphic.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 20, 2018
Ouch. Seriously, ouch.
Barcelona would confirm the injury later in the afternoon.
❗ [INJURY NEWS] 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. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo pic.twitter.com/kpNcspnfqo
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018
As things stand, Barcelona top La Liga after nine matches with 18 points. Just behind them, surprisingly? Deportivo Alavés. As a matter of fact — with their 0-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, they went top of the table for roughly 24 hours. Coming into their match against Sevilla, though, their opponents had the edge (16 points to 15). But Philippe Coutinho wasn’t having any of that, scoring inside of two minutes to kick off the match. Messi would follow with a goal 10 minutes later to double the lead.
He would leave the field just a few minutes later. He’ll miss next week’s El Clásico against Real Madrid. He’s also likely to miss both UCL fixtures against Inter Milan. Barcelona are level on points with them through two matches (6), but Inter boast the superior goal differential.
Here’s to hoping for a quick recovery. It’s strange when Messi gets hurt. It serves as a reminder that we are all mortal.