A blow to his arm will rule Lionel Messi out of the next three weeks, with this the 21st injury of the 31-year-old’s career.
In total, he has missed 80 club matches through injury and is now expected to miss another six.
Over these 80 matches, Barcelona have won 48 times, drawn 17 times and lost on 15 occasions, making for a winning percentage of 60 percent.
Here, we look back at each of these injuries the No.10 has suffered.
February 5, 2006, Barcelona vs Atletico: He suffered a hamstring injury to his right leg, returning on February 18.
March 7, 2006, Barcelona vs Chelsea: He had a five centimetre tear to his hamstring, again on the right leg. He returned on May 30 in a match for Argentina.
October 22, 2006, Real Madrid vs Barcelona: His right ankle was injured at this Clasico, with the forward returning on October 31.
November 12, 2006, Barcelona vs Real Zaragoza: He suffered a fracture to his fifth metatarsal on the left foot and didn’t reappear until February 11, 2007.
September 11, 2007, Australia vs Argentina: On international duty he had a hamstring contracture in his right leg. He came back on September 19.
December 15, 2007, Valencia vs Barcelona: This time it was an injury to his left thigh, with the player coming back over a month later on January 20, 2008.
March 4, 2008, Barcelona vs Celtic:There was another left thigh injury and he came back on April 12, 2008.
November 21, 2009, Athletic vs Barcelona: A contracture in his left leg’s adductor muscle saw him miss a week, with his return coming on November 29.
September 19, 2010, Atletico vs Barcelona: His right ankle was injured and Messi didn’t come back until just over a week later, on September 29.
December 5, 2012, Barcelona vs Benfica: He suffered a knock and hurt his left knee. He was subbed off in this Champions League match, but didn’t miss any others.
January 24, 2013, Malaga vs Barcelona:Similarly, he was substituted off but was then back for the next match, in this case with a muscle overload.
April 2, 2013, PSG vs Barcelona: He stretched his right hamstring, returning on April 10.
May 12, 2013, Atletico vs Barcelona: In this case, he was taken off with muscle discomfort, but didn’t miss any further matches.
August 10, 2013, pre-season: As a result of a quadriceps injury, he missed one friendly match as a precaution.
August 22, 2013, Atletico vs Barcelona: Bruising of muscles in the left leg resulted in the No.10 missing one match.
September 28, 2013, Almeria vs Barcelona: A hamstring injury to the right leg meant a few weeks of watching on, with him coming back on October 19.
November 10, 2013, Betis vs Barcelona: A six centimetre hamstring tear meant a significant time on the sidelines, with Messi coming back after the new year, on January 8, 2014.
August 31, 2014, Villarreal vs Barcelona: An overload in the adductor muscle of his right leg, even though he had played all 90 minutes. He didn’t go on the next international break and returned on September 9.
September 26, 2015, Barcelona vs Las Palmas: A left knee injury saw him sit out until November 21, when he came back for the Clasico against Real Madrid.
September 22, 2016, Barcelona vs Atletico: An adductor injury on his right leg ruled him out until October 15.
October 21, 2018, Barcelona vs Sevilla: A fracture to his left arm should see him miss three weeks.