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OFFICIAL: Barcelona confirm Lionel Messi out for three weeks with fractured arm

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The captain will miss El Clasico

Valencia CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that Lionel Messi will miss the next three weeks after fracturing his arm against Sevilla.

The captain was forced off in the first half in obvious pain and is now set for a spell on the sidelines.

The injury comes at a bad time for Barcelona with Inter Milan in the Champions League up next followed by El Clasico.

Messi will miss both matches as well as the Copa del Rey game against Cultural Leonesa (which he would have likely sat out anyway), the trip to Rayo Vallecano and the return Champions League fixture against Inter Milan.

Barcelona will be hoping he might make it back in time for the game against Real Betis on November 11th and certainly for the trip to the Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atletico on November 24th.