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Dembélé picks up hamstring injury; time for Konrad de la Fuente

Alexandre Patanian

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What was bound to happen, happened. Ousmane Dembélé who was enjoying a renaissance at Camp Nou, picked a hamstring injury, as confirmed by the club. The Frenchman is expected to be out for two to three weeks, according to the player’s entourage.

Dembélé has been one of the club’s best player this season. In the Champions League, he has scored three goals and provided two assists. According to Culés, against Cadiz yesterday, it did not make much sense to see Philippe Coutinho start ahead of him.

The Brazilian is not a left-winger, and Ronald Koeman still seems to have problems in understanding that. However, as Dembélé will be on the sidelines for two weeks, Konrad de la Fuente could step up. The American is tearing it up for Barça and is known to be an explosive winger.

Konrad is one of those youngsters, similar to Riqui Puig and Carles Aleñá, who could add a lot to the squad. Pace, skills, inventiveness; the left-winger has got it all and deserves a start or two.

After Coutinho’s horrific performance against Cadiz, it would not be fair on Konrad and Pedri to stay on the bench for much longer. The two youngsters are comfortable on the wings and could shake things up at Camp Nou. It is up to Koeman to make the bold change.

Against Ferencvaros, Konrad enjoyed a few minutes off the bench. However, many Culés think that he deserves more chances in the first team. Dembélé’s two-week injury might be his perfect opportunity to shine.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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