Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele has been hit by another injury issue and has sat out of the Catalunya club’s Monday training with muscle overload.
The 22-year-old has been on a recovery path after making a return to training in January, but the latest setback will keep the youngster out for a longer time.
Dembele last played for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on November 27, 2019, when the Blaugrana defeated German side Borussia Dortmund 3-1.
The Frenchman only played 26 minutes in that game initially been ruled out for two months and two weeks with a hamstring issue.
Recently appointed Quique Setien had initially revealed that the forward could be back in the team in the next few weeks during the press conference for the La Liga game against Levante.
While Barcelona won the game 2-1, via a brace from 17-year-old Ansu Fati who scored from a Lionel Messi assist on both occasions, the front position at the Camp Nou is light.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, after going under the knife for a knee surgery, is out for an estimated four months. Youngsters, Carles Perez as well as Abel Ruiz both left Camp Nou in the January transfer window.
Therefore, Quique Setien is left with the like Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, and Ansu Fati to lead from the front line.
A trip to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday is looming while the side’s next La Liga game is on Sunday against Real Betis.
Then they will host Getafe and Eibar before a UEFA Champions League tie against Napoli in Italy.
Also, the team trails Real Madrid on the log with 3 points as they have 46 points from 22 games in comparison to the Los Blancos, who have 49 from the same number of games.
Written by: Idowu Daniel Ademiju