Barcelona’s ambitions were rocked when Lionel Messi was injured and ruled out for at least three weeks during their outing versus Sevilla. Two of their senior figures have now spoken about coping up.
Barcelona got back to winning ways in La Liga after 4 winless matches when they beat Sevilla by a 4-2 scoreline on Saturday. The Catalans, however, had to deal with massive negative news as Lionel Messi had to be substituted at halftime after fracturing his right arm in the opening half an hour.
Barcelona confirmed the injury through their website and official social media handles minutes after the match and stated that their captain would be ruled out for at least three weeks. This means that Lionel Messi will miss the Champions League outing versus Inter Milan on Wednesday and El Clasico next weekend. It comes as a big blow for the Catalan giants who have been heavily reliant on their captain this season.
❗ [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
However, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is optimistic that the Spanish champions and league toppers can cope without their star man, though psychologically there is a chance of them being slightly impacted by his absence.
“Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us,” Barca center-back Pique said. “It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not.”
Rakitic also netted against his former side and spoke to the media after the match about Leo Messi. “We will try to make sure Leo’s absence is noticed as little as possible,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.
Barcelona has been dealt with a humungous blow ahead of their outing against Real Madrid by losing their best player to an injury. In addition, they will have to find a way to get the goals without their talisman who has been involved in a majority of theirs so far in the season. This will be the first El Clasico without Messi or Ronaldo in eleven years so let us hope that it’s not a decaffeinated one.