?Barcelona have confirmed that winger Ousmane Dembélé is expected to miss around ten weeks of action to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Dembélé managed just 26 minutes of the game against his former side before being forced off through injury. He went to jump to control the ball and instantly looked in real discomfort, eventually leaving the field in tears.
He was quickly sent for further tests to determine the extent of the injury, and ?Barcelona have now confirmed on their ?official website that ?Dembélé will not be seen on the pitch again in 2019.
It was initially thought that Dembélé may only miss five or six weeks as a result of this latest setback, but it appears as though this hamstring injury is slightly more serious than it was believed to be on Wednesday.
This ten-week layoff means Dembélé is unlikely to return to action until February 2020. He will miss clashes with both ?Atlético Madrid and ?Real Madrid in December, while it will be touch-and-go whether he returns in time for the ?Champions League round of 16 next year.
The 22-year-old has struggled greatly with injury since making his big-money move from ?Dortmund in 2017 and could be set to watch at least another ten ?La Liga games from the sidelines as he recovers.
His issues have been so frequent that teammate ?Luis Suárez opted to ?publicly plead with doctors to find a way to protect Dembélé from these recurring injuries which have plagued his Barcelona career.
It was Antoine Griezmann who replaced Dembélé on Wednesday, and he will almost certainly remain in the lineup for the foreseeable future alongside both Suárez and ?Lionel Messi.
Youngsters Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati will give Ernesto Valverde some much-needed depth over the coming weeks, but Barcelona may be forced to look to their academy yet again if any more of their senior players go down with injuries.
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