Dembele out 3-4 weeks because of muscle injury

March 15, 2019
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, (left), scores his side’s fifth goal during the Champions League round of 16, second-leg, match against Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, March 13.

Barcelona say forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for up to a month because of a left-leg muscle injury, putting in doubt his availability for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Dembele was a second-half substitute as Barcelona routed Lyon 5-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 on Wednesday, scoring the fifth goal at Camp Nou Stadium.

The team say tests yesterday show a ruptured muscle, and the player will need three to four weeks to recover.

The first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals begin on April 9.

Dembele has been a regular in the starting line-up. The Frenchman has 14 goals with Barcelona this season, three in the Champions League. He hadn’t scored since a Spanish league match in January.

Barcelona are entering the final period of the Spanish league, where they have a seven-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid.

They will face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final in May.

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