​Barcelona have confirmed that winger Ousmane Dembélé suffered a thigh injury during Wednesday's 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.


The Frenchman jumped for the ball midway through the first half, but looked to be in real pain when he landed. He eventually left the field in tears, managing just 26 minutes of action.

Ousmane Dembele

​Barcelona took to their ​official website after the game to confirm ​Dembélé's injury, adding that he is set to undergo further tests to determine to full extent of the issue.


​AS add that club doctors told Dembélé that it looks like he could miss around five weeks of action, although that was said without any concrete evidence. They believe that it is an aggravation of a previous injury, meaning he will likely miss the remainder of 2019 to recover.


Barcelona's meeting with Espanyol on 4 January is suggested as a potential return date for Dembélé, meaning he will miss vital clashes with both ​Real Madrid and ​Atlético Madrid in the coming weeks.


However, there is also a fear that he could be out even longer as he deals with the mental side of his injury struggles. The winger has suffered greatly with various injuries since joining the club, and doctors fear that that could take a mental toll on Dembélé.

Teammate ​Luis Suárez also spoke of his concern for the Frenchman, telling Movistar (via ​Mundo Deportivo) that somebody needs to find a way to prevent Dembélé's injury problems as soon as possible.


"Doctors have to try to find a solution to his injuries," the striker said. "It has happened more than once even after he has recovered. We hope he will be back very soon and will not happen again."


Dembélé was replaced by Antoine Griezmann on Wednesday, and the former Atlético man will likely keep his place in the team going forward while Dembélé recovers.

Luis Suarez,Ousmane Dembele

Youngsters Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez will also offer some much-needed depth for manager Ernesto Valverde, who is facing an incredibly hectic end to 2019.


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