Ousmane Dembélé is entering the final phase of his recovery. The French winger has trained with the group on Wednesday along with their teammates.
Nobody at the club wants to force Dembélé to play, but if his recovery continues like this, it is not ruled out that the Frenchman could be on the bench in the Barcelona – Napoli game. In case the game gets complicated, Dembélé might get some minutes.
The goal is that the 23-year-old will be a big weapon in the next round of the Champions League, but before all, Barcelona has to eliminate Napoli. If this means that Dembélé needs some minutes, Barcelona might take the risk.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.