Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele out for up to four months

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele out for up to four months
From ESPN - September 17, 2017

Barcelona have confirmed that club-record signing Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for up to four months after rupturing a tendon in Saturday's win at Getafe.

Dembele, 20, will travel to Finland this week to undergo surgery with a specialist.

The France international was making his first ever La Liga start at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez when he was forced off after just 25 minutes.

The Catalan club had initially hoped he had suffered a minor hamstring problem and would only be out for a few weeks, but tests at the club's training ground on Sunday revealed the worst case scenario.

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"Tests have confirmed that first team player Ousmane Dembele has ruptured the tendon in his femoral bicep in his left thigh," Barca said in a statement.

"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."

After Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million, Barca used some of the money to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, with the former Rennes forward replacing Luis Suarez as the club's most expensive ever signing.

Barca paid an initial fee of 105m for Dembele, although that could eventually increase to 145m with add-ons.


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