Barcelona now face an anxious wait over the arm injury suffered by their talismanic player, Lionel Messi, especially as the Clasico against Real Madrid comes up next weekend.
Up till the 26th minute, when he was substituted, Messi was pivotal in the game against Sevilla at Camp Nou. He scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga.
In the 26th minute at the Camp Nou, he awkwardly fell on his right arm, his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish.
Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the final 11 minutes.
Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic.
Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by the injury to Messi.
Before the clash against Madrid next Sunday, Inter Milan visit in the Champions League on Wednesday but Messi’s involvement there would seem unlikely.
He fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.
Messi was helped off the pitch by medical staff and, despite having his right arm heavily strapped while Barca played for nine minutes with 10 men, he finally trudged off down the tunnel.