​Barcelona have been ridiculed on social media after their stars wore t-shirts showing solidarity with record signing Ousmane Dembele over his recent injury.


La Blaugrana's starting lineup were mocked on Twitter after they posed for photographs, before their 6-1 demolition of Eibar on Tuesday, bearing the slogan 'Courage Ousmane' on t-shirts.

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Dembele, however, is only out for four months with a hamstring issue sustained during the 2-1 victory over Getafe last weekend, and football fans flocked to express their amazement, confusion and banter up over the over-the-top incident.


There were those who just outright mocked Barcelona's decision to stage such an unncessary ploy:

And those who chose to put a more humorous slant on proceedings:

The wonderkid forward was signed for a fee that could eventually be worth up to £135.5m, and the ex-Borussia Dortmund starlet was expected to be the long-term replacement for the departed Neymar.


Just three matches into his senior career at Nou Camp, however, Dembele was struck down with a tendon tear around his left hamstring and was forced from the field of play as a result.


The France international underwent successful surgery to correct the problem in Helsinki on Monday, and will not be fit to return to first-team action until the turn of the year at the earliest.

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This isn't the first time football clubs have chosen to try and buoy their injured personnel with acts of unity, naturally.


Manchester City did likewise when midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury last December, while Manchester United stars wore t-shirts for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo after they sustained similar problems in April's Europa League semi-final.

Liverpool were also teased when their stars wore t-shirts supporting former striker Luis Suarez, who was handed an eight-match ban for supposedly racially abusing Patrice Evra back in late 2011.