Barcelona’s injury problems just keep getting worse, with Ousmane Dembele ruled out for five weeks.
With Lionel Messi yet to feature this season and Luis Suarez ruled out for about a month. Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann would be automatic choices as forward.
According to Goal.com, Dembele has now been ruled out for approximately five weeks. His injury is understood to be a hamstring strain.
His absence has been confirmed by Barcelona.
The French international has had a difficult start to his Barcelona career. When he first arrived he spent three months on the sidelines with another hamstring injury.
While he has shown glimpses of his capabilities, and why the Catalan club paid 125 million Euros for him in 2017.
His biggest problem has been a consistent run in the team. It has either been hampered by injury or lack of form.
With Philippe Coutinho negotiating a move, and Messi out injured, he got the opportunity in the opening game of the season to be in the leading front line of three.
During that game, Luis Suarez
got injured, ruling him out for a month. Since the game, Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich.
This should be his time to shine and claim his place in the Barcelona starting eleven.
Eventually, Messi and Suarez will be fit and they are the first names on Ernesto Valverde’s team sheet. New boy Antoine Griezmann will get his opportunities to shine.
Then there is the will he won’t he Neymar saga that must be a worry for Dembele. Given all the permutations, he knows he may end up being the fourth or fifth choice forward at best.
This should be his opportunity to show his manager what he is capable of and that he should be considered as a first-team regular.
However, instead, he is on the sidelines again.
The ability is not in question, but unless he can stay injury-free and have a good run in the team, his Barcelona is looking bleak.
Ernesto Valverde is now left with one true centre-forward in Antoine Griezmann. Having lost the opening game, and now all but one of his front line.
Things are going from bad to worse in Catalonia.