Diego Maradona backtracks on Lionel Messi 'toilet' criticism

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Barca will be without five-time Ballon d'Or victor and superstar Messi for Wednesday's fixture at Camp Nou after he broke his arm in last week's 4-2 victory against Sevilla in LaLiga.

In his absence, Barcelona will start with Luis Suarez up front supported by Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of either side.

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

Barca will hope the injury to their star player is not serious, particularly with a handful of hard fixtures coming up.

He is now set to miss two Champions League games against Inter Milan as well as the Clasico and LaLiga games against Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis.

Despite an emphatic victory over Sevilla, Barcelona suffered a major loss which may affect its team morale and, more importantly, its performance in La Liga and Championship League.

Sevilla continued to probe and were rewarded when Sarabia's shot deflected off Clement Lenglet and flew beyond the stranded Ter Stegen, and the German then denied Sarabia a second before keeping out Ben Yedder on the rebound.

Gerard Piqué acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insisted Barcelona can cope without their superstar captain.

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"It's evident that when he's there he [Messi] gives us security because he's the best in the world", said Pique.

Sevilla were not finished, however, and added a second in the first minute of additional time when substitute Luis Muriel picked out the far corner with a curling effort.

Inter Milan have now sent a tweet to Lionel Messi after Barcelona confirmed the extent of his injury.

And Inter are hugely disappointment that they will be unable to go up against the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Inter are now on a seven match unbeaten run and will be in good spirits when they take on Spanish giants Barcelona.

For a team that prides itself on flair and flamboyance, it is a streak that reflects just as badly on Lopetegui as the results, which left Real Madrid four points adrift of Barcelona.

Marcelo said: "We are with the coach until the death".

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