Barcelona have been handed yet another injury blow, after winger Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for five weeks with a hamstring injury, via the club’s official Twitter.
Having already seen star man Lionel Messi sidelined with a calf strain last Friday, the Catalans revealed yesterday that striker Luis Suarez had also injured his calf during the 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao and will potentially miss their next game against Real Betis this Sunday.
Now, 21-year-old wide man Dembele is set to miss Barcelona’s next five matches with an untimely calf strain.
The France international played 90 minutes in Barca’s La Liga curtain-raiser last week, but couldn’t find an opening as the reigning champions were humbled by an extremely organised Bilbao outfit.
FC Barcelona player @Dembouz has been diagnosed with a strain to his left hamstring, and is set to miss the next five weeks with the injury
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 19 August 2019
Dembele failed to register a single shot on Friday evening, while his pass succession stood at a meagre 76.8% (per WhoScored), something that will drastically have to improve when he returns from injury if he wants to keep his spot in the first-team, especially if Neymar’s transfer from Paris Saint-Germain does come to fruition.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that both Suarez and Messi could miss the Catalans’ next league dual against Betis this weekend, which alongside Dembele’s absence, would leave manager Ernesto Valverde extremely short in the attacking third.
Speculation continues to surround PSG forward Neymar and whether or not he is poised for a return to the Camp Nou in the coming weeks, but with all these injuries to contend with it’s clear that the Spanish titans desperately need reinforcements in the forward areas.
Antoine Griezmann is currently the only recognised fully-fit striker available to Valverde, which does not bode well for the side heading into a challenging fixture against Real Betis – who beat them at the Camp Nou last season – in just five days time.
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