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Official: Barcelona confirm the nature of Ousmane Dembele’s injury



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Barcelona have issued an official statement confirming the nature of the injury sustained by Ousmane Dembele in the game against Girona earlier today.

The Frenchman had to be taken off just 25 minutes into the game as he asked for a substitution after feeling something in his left thigh.

While the exact nature of the injury was not known till now, reports had suggested that the winger would miss about 3-4 weeks of action, effectively ruling him out of the UEFA Europa League playoff first leg against Manchester United.

Now, after carrying out the requisite tests, Barcelona have issued a statement confirming that Dembele has sustained an injury in the anterior rectus of his left thigh.

The club do not specify a particular timeline for his recovery and just state that his return will be dictated by how the situation evolves.

“Tests carried out this evening on first-team player Ousmane Dembélé have shown that he has an injury to the anterior rectus of his left thigh. It is low and the evolution will mark its availability,” the statement read.

This is Dembele’s first injury at Barcelona since November 2021 and his first under the management of Xavi Hernandez.

The French international was one of Barça’s most in-form players of late and his absence will be felt by the club, especially with tricky fixtures coming up against the likes of Real Betis, Sevilla, Villarreal, and Manchester United.

Toni Juanmarti is reporting that there is confidence within the club that Dembele could be back in time for the second leg against Manchester United.

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