Barcelona 4 - 2 Sevilla - Match Report & Highlights

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

He was treated at the side of the pitch for some time before eventually making his way down the tunnel with his arm strapped up.

Barcelona have snapped a four-match winless run in Spain's La Liga with a 4-2 home victory over Sevilla to reclaim top spot although the triumph was marred by talisman Lionel Messi being forced off with a broken arm.

The Argentine icon sustained a fractured arm after an awkward landing during the win over Sevilla at the weekend, and he has since been ruled out of action for three weeks by the Catalan giants.

Barca have not won a Clasico without Messi since his debut for the club, failing to win either of the two matches with Madrid he has missed since 2004.

Ivan Rakitic produced superb volley with two minutes remaining and there was still time for Luis Muriel to curl in Sevilla's second in the first minute of stoppage time.

Having served his ban in the previous round of games, Cristiano Ronaldo is available to enjoy an emotional return to Old Trafford as Juventus visit Manchester United.

Do you think Barca will stuggle in Messi's absence? Mourinho will be desperate to win for his own sake as the spotlight remains firmly on him, especially after the ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he became involved in a touchline fracas following Chelsea's late equaliser.

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It is normal and understandable that Barcelona would create opportunities when playing at home against Pablo Machin's men.

With an worldwide break to come in November, the hope is for Messi to return when Atletico Madrid travel to the Camp Nou on November 24. Suarez buried the penalty.

"But I am sure that Messi's injury should not affect our morale".

Luis Suarez then fired wide of Vaclik's goal just before the hour mark, before Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made excellent saves to keep out Andre Silva and Franco Vazquez in quick succession.

A positive result against Inter would set them up nicely for Sunday's clash against Madrid, whose poor form has put the future of coach Julen Lopetegui in doubt. We attacked a lot and looked risky.

Italian giants Inter Milan are now disappointed with the fact that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not face them in the champions League after sustaining an injury.

Madrid defender Marcelo said the players were behind Lopetegui.

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