Barcelona are sweating over the availability of Ousmane Dembele for Tuesday’s clash with Liverpool after he suffered a hamstring problem.
Dembele last just six minutes before he had to be substituted for Alex Collado during Saturday’s 2-0 La Liga defeat to Celta Vigo.
Barcelona later confirmed Dembele had sustained hamstring damage and would run further tests on Sunday.
Now, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed fears that the 21-year-old forward has torn a muscle.
Should this be correct, it almost certainly rule out Dembele for the club’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday.
“With Dembele, it looks like a tear,” said Valverde, according to BeSoccer.
“We had already noticed during the play that something was not right. We were worried quickly because it seems like a muscular tear.
“It is certainly not muscle fatigue because the other day he played very little [in Barca’s Champions League win over Liverpool on Wednesday].
“These things happen and as a coach I do not have an explanation.”
Dembele has managed 14 goals and nine assists in 42 appearances for Barcelona this season.
Valverde’s side goes into Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield in their Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool with a 3-0 aggregate lead.
With this in mind, Valverde fielded a much-changed Barcelona team for Saturday’s surprise defeat to Celta Vigo. Unsurprisingly, the likes of Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba were all rested.
The Catalan giants fell a goal down in the 67th-minute through Maxi Gomez after Celta had an effort ruled out by VAR.
But the video assistant referee later made amends by awarding Celta a penalty, which Iago Aspas put away to seal a 2-0 victory over La Liga champions Barcelona.
Now, attention turns back to Liverpool who suffered a double injury blow in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
❗ [BREAKING NEWS] O.Dembélé has a hamstring injury in his right leg. He'll undergo tests tomorrow to determine the exact extent of the injury. pic.twitter.com/q3Ze4JijJE
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