Dembele adds to Barça’s attacking woes ahead of Betis game
FC Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele in action during a Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Aug. 16, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/MIGUEL TONA
Barcelona, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Barcelona on Tuesday continued its preparations for the upcoming La Liga match against Real Betis struggling with injury woes in the front line.
Ousmane Dembele was the latest to join the injuries list with a left hamstring strain that will keep him on the sideline for five weeks.
The injury of the French international will have grave consequences since the player did not undergo the preventive test the club set for players who started to feel discomfort.
Dembele stalled the Barcelona medical staff as they insisted to run tests on him to know the exact range of the discomfort he struggled with during the final stretch of Barça’s 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao during their La Liga opener, the website of the AS sports newspaper reported.
The 22-year-old, who has had five injuries since joining Barcelona, seemed to have planned a trip to Senegal over the weekend.
On Monday, he took part in a training session and he felt the discomfort at some point, as per the AS website.
Having undergone tests, Dembélé was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain.
Besides Dembele, Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez will be on the sideline during the Real Betis game, as he revealed after a private trip during the weekend.
Argentine star Lionel Messi is a doubt for the game due to physical issues that prevented him from taking part in the Athletic game.
Coach Ernesto Valverde could rely on newcomer Antoine Griezmann as the team's striker. EFE-EPA