Gerard Pique believes Barcelona can cope without injured Lionel Messi

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

After spending a while on the sideline receiving treatment, Messi was eventually substituted and taken to hospital.

Barcelona begin their Copa del Rey defence at the end of the month, though the absence of Messi should not prove too much of an issue given they face third-tier side Cultural Leonesa. Have your say in the comment section below.

"It was a game that was hard from the beginning and I hope that we have better luck next time".

Lionel Messi handed Barcelona an injury scare after setting them on their way to a 4-2 victory over Sevilla.

Barca go into the match - featuring two teams with six points from their opening two Group B games - without their talisman after he suffered a broken bone in his arm in Saturday's win over Sevilla.

Messi had sustained the knock after landing heavily on his right arm after colliding with Valencia's Franco Vazquez in La Liga fixture earlier this week and has been ruled out for three weeks now.

"When (Messi) is with us he gives us a sense of security", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.

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The Spanish champions were dealt a huge blow at the weekend when Lionel Messi broke his arm.

We shall now take a look at 5 key players who will play a vital role in this all-important clash between Barcelona and Sevilla.

Barca have not won a Clasico without Messi since his debut for the club, failing to win either of the two matches with Madrid he has missed since 2004.

Maradona was referring to the extreme nerves Messi feels ahead of certain games which have seen him vomit before and during matches.

Real Madrid will be looking to Marco Asensio, but for the home side, Dembele will be charged will going some way to fill the creative void left by Messi.

"Right now that is the last thing that I'm thinking about", said Lopetegui when asked if he was anxious about losing his job.

"We have the idea to solve the problems we have inside the dressing room, not outside, and we will keep things that way", said Valverde.

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