Barcelona’s latest signing, Ousmane Dembele is expected to miss about three and a half to four months of football, with a thigh injury, as confirmed by Barcelona.
Dembele became the second most expensive player in the world after Neymar, when he joined the Catalan giants from Borussia Dortmund.
However, he was injured on his league debut against Getafe after just 29 minutes on Saturday.
The following day, FC Barcelona confirmed the injury by issuing a statement: “The tests have come back and show that Ousmane Dembélé has ruptured the tendon in his femoral bicep in his left thigh.
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.”
This will be a very bad news for new FC Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, who now only has summer signing Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcacer as his only assets to play in the front-line along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
On the other hand, new boss Valverde was full of praise for his team, after they snatched a second-half victory to beat Getafe 2-1 from behind.
Getafe played brilliantly to take a lead after Gaku Shibasaki smashed a brilliant strike into Ter Stegen’s net.
However, Barcelona found goals from two substitutes in the second half, with Denis Suarez equalizing around the 1 hour mark, before new signing Paulinho scored the late winner.
This was Barcelona’s 4th win in La Liga on the trot, with Valverde resisted: “The opposition put us under pressure but this comeback reinforces our belief that we are indeed capable of reacting to difficulty,”.
The new boss revealed that he was happy to see two players coming off the bench and scoring the important goals.
“It is important for them as individuals, it gives them both confidence, whilst also showing that our squad is deep and we have many players who can help us,” Valverde concluded.