Messi ruled out for three weeks with fractured arm

Machín speaks to a member of his coaching staff at Friday's training

Machín speaks to a member of his coaching staff at Friday's training

Barcelona later announced scans had shown a fracture in his forearm and he will be out for around three weeks.

He is now set to miss two Champions League games against Inter Milan as well as the Clasico and LaLiga games against Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis.

Valverde is under no illusions about the challenges ahead without his talisman but suggested Messi's absence may allow other players to step up.

After being off the pitch for 10 minutes receiving treatment it was decided he would play no further part in the game.

MESSI added Barcelona's second shortly after.

Messi landed awkwardly after a barge from Franco Vasquez, replays showing his right arm appearing to buckle as he hit the deck.

Lionel Messi's injury worries Barcelona.

Given Messi has been given an approximate recovery time of three weeks, there is every chance he could also miss the visit of Betis, precisely 21 days after suffering his injury and just before the next worldwide break.

Pablo Sarabia finally broke Sevilla through with a goal in the 79th minute with a shot that deflected off Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet.

He stopped two certain goals of Sevilla with double saves from point blank ranges and put a few of Andre Silva's headed opportunities out of the Barcelona net.

Local media immediately questioned whether Madrid should fire Lopetegui before the clasico next weekend at Barcelona or give him a chance to try to save his job against the rival.

Real Madrid was four points behind Barcelona, in fifth place.

His team were 2-0 behind inside quarter of an hour on Saturday, with Jose Luis Morales opening the scoring for Levante before Roger Mart scored from the penalty spot.

Vaclik kept out a Coutinho effort in the 52nd minute after a low-key start to the second period, before Luis Suarez struck wide of the post from distance two minutes later.

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