Messi injury gets fans fearing 11-year-old El Clasico record will come to an end

Lionel Messi’s arm injury which forced him off in the 26th minute of Barcelona’s clash with Sevilla on Saturday didn’t look good.

After registering an assist and a goal earlier in the game, the Argentinean ace fell awkwardly under a challenge and bent his arm as he fell to the turf.

The Barca skipper tried to play on with the problem, but after gamely trying he was eventually forced to admit defeat and was replaced by Ousmane Dembele.

The sighs of frustration all around the Nou Camp were audible as the 31-year-old left the field, but – as Barca were 2-0 up at the time – it wasn’t long before all thoughts inside the ground turned to what lay ahead.

The Catalans face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday but, much more importantly than that, they then host arch rivals Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season next Sunday.

The game was already going to have a slightly odd feel about it given that the old Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry had come to an end in the summer, but fans are now feeling slightly uneasy that we could see a Barca-Real game without EITHER of the famous pair.

For the record, the last time that happed was Real’s 1-0 win over Barca at the Nou Camp in December 2007.

Messi missed the game through injury, and it would still be a year-and-a-half before Ronaldo signed for Real from Manchester United .

Bernd Schuster’s side won the game thanks to a goal from the former Arsenal flop Julio Baptista, with Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o starting in Barca’s attack in the absence of Messi.

Real will hope for the same result next week, while everyone will hope Messi’s injury isn’t too bad.

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