Lionel Messi will miss up to three weeks after breaking his arm during Barcelona’s 4-2 victory over title rivals Sevilla.
Superstar Messi was forced off in the 26th minute of the La Liga clash after landing awkwardly on his right elbow.
The Argentine tussled for the ball with Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez before falling over his leg and stuck his arm out to cushion his fall.
In doing so his arm bent in the wrong direction to leave Messi in great discomfort.
After almost 10 minutes of treatment on the touchline, where doctors bandaged up his arm, Messi was replaced by fellow forward Ousmane Dembele.
Barca confirmed Messi had undergone tests which showed he had ‘fractured his radial bone’.
Barcelona tweeted: “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.”
That means the 31-year-old would be ruled out of Barca’s Champions League fixture with Inter Milan on Wednesday night.
Messi will also miss El Clasico next weekend – when Real Madrid visit the Nou Camp.
The games Lionel Messi is set to miss
Oct 24: Inter Milan, Champions League (H)
Oct 28: Real Madrid, La Liga (H)
Oct 31: Cultural Leonesa, Copa Del Rey (A)
Nov 3: Rayo Vallecano, La Liga (A)
Nov 6: Inter Milan, Champions League (A)
Nov 11: Real Betis, La Liga (H)
The other matches he would expect to sit out are the away Copa del Rey tie with Cultural Leonesa and trips to Rayo Vallecano in the league and Inter in the Champions League.
In the 17 minutes Messi had been on the pitch in the victory over Sevilla, he had set-up Philippe Coutinho for a third minute opener before netting himself with a textbook run and finish.
Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also netted to send Barca back to the top of La Liga.