Saturday, 16 September 2017

Ousmane Dembele injured on league debut for Barcelona

BARCELONA -- Barcelona face an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury that forced Ousmane Dembele to hobble out of Saturday's match against Getafe. Dembele, making his first start in La Liga, fell to the ground clutching his hamstring after sprinting for the ball just after the 20 minute mark. Barcelona's record signing immediately signalled to the bench that he would be unable to continue and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu. The Catalan club paid an initial €105 million to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August, although that could rise to €145m with add-ons. The France international made his debut as a substitute in last weekend's 5-0 win against Espanyol at the Camp Nou, providing the assist for Luis Suarez's stoppage time goal. He then made his full debut in the midweek victory over Juventus in the Champions League and kept his place at Getafe. Speaking about the expectation surrounding the 20-year-old on Friday, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde called for patience. "He's getting better in training all the time, but we'll see how he does competitively," he said in a news conference. "We hope he's going to keep giving us more and more. You always ask about him, but we have to give him time."

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