The international break continues to go from bad to worse for Barcelona. Over the past couple of days, the Blaugrana have seen as many as four players pick up injuries and return to the club for recuperation.
Injuries to Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo come as the biggest blows for Barça as the former is set to be sidelined for close to a month, while the latter’s situation is much more concerning and might even require surgery.
On top of that, Dutch duo Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay were also injured in the Netherlands’ clash against Poland. The midfielder is expected to be out for just a week, but the forward could be ruled out for a month as well.
Now there is more worry for Barcelona as Ousmane Dembele could also be added to the list of players out injured. The in-form forward returned to the French national team camp after over a year and made a substitute appearance against Austria on Thursday.
However, Dembele had suffered from a calf discomfort after he came on with close to ten minutes left during that game. It was reported that the issue was nothing serious and the Frenchman would be staying put with the national team.
But, France manager Didier Deschamps has now offered a concerning update on the 25-year-old, stating that he is yet to recover from the issue ahead of Les Bleus’ UEFA Nations League fixture against Denmark.
The French manager also confirmed that the Barcelona forward will train away from the rest of the group today, which is not the best news for the Blaugrana.
“He has calf discomfort. He will train separately, we’ll see how he feels today,” Deschamps said (h/t L’Equipe).
With so many crucial matches come up over the next weeks for Barça, this developing situation is far from ideal. Given that Dembele was one of the team’s in-form stars, Xavi & co. will be hoping that the 25-year-old’s injury is nothing major and he will soon be fully fit.