Barcelona top the La Liga table after their win over Getafe yesterday, but it came at a very high price.
The departure of Neymar to PSG in August saw the Catalan giants flail around the transfer market for a suitable replacement. A drawn-out saga involving Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho ended in failure, with Barca instead opting for Borussia Dortmund phenom Ousmane Dembele.
The 20-year-old cost the Spanish side £97m (not including the inevitable add-ons), but not even a month into his Barcelona career, Dembele is set to miss out on up to four months of action.
A statement from the official website confirmed the devastating news.
The tests have come back following first team player Ousmane Dembélé’s injury in the 29th minute of the Getafe match. Unfortunately, he has ruptured the tendon in his femoral bicep in his left thigh. The player will be operated on by Dr. Sakari Orava in Finland this week. He is expected to be out for between three and a half months and four months.
Dembele, ouch. Maybe a mixture of no real pre-season, lack of training and just pure bad luck. Four months is a big blow.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 17, 2017
In the meantime, it’s left to the likes of Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcácer to pick up the slack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the Barca frontline.