Ousmane Dembele facing up to four months out
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele could spend up to four months on the sidelines after suffering a ruptured tendon in his left thigh.
The 20-year-old, who signed for the Catalan giants from Borussia Dortmund for a fee which could rise to €140m, was making just his third appearance for the club when sustaining the injury away to Getafe on Saturday afternoon.
Despite falling a goal behind following Gaku Shibasaki’s opener, two substitutes made the decisive impact in the match, as midfielders Denis Suarez and Paulinho struck in the 62nd and 84th minute respectively.
Dembele lasted just 29 minutes before being replaced by Gerard Deulofeu and is set to have surgery in Finland this week. He joins Arda Turan on the club’s injury list, although Rafinha is close to returning following a knee problem.
An official club statement read: "The player will have surgical treatment by Dr. Sakari Orava next week in Finland. He will be out for between three-and-a-half and four months."
The injury now means he will miss the remainder of Barcelona’s Champions League group games, as well as the opportunity to make his El Clasico debut in season’s first meeting between Barca and Real Madrid on December 19.
Barcelona have made a positive start to the La Liga season, winning each of their opening four league games, with Lionel Messi kicking off the new season by scoring five goals in his first four league appearances.