Barca forward Dembélé out 5 weeks
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Forward Ousmane Dembele has joined Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on Barcelona's injury list.
The club said yesterday that Dembele had a left thigh muscle injury and was expected to be sidelined for five weeks.
It's the latest setback for the speedy 22-year-old Frenchman, who was coming off a season plagued by injuries. He started in the 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao on Friday in the Spanish league opener.
Messi was hurt in the preseason and didn't play in Bilbao, while Suarez didn't make it past half-time of the opener.
It remains unclear whether Messi and Suarez will be available for the second-round match against Real Betis this weekend.
Messi has a greater chance of being in the line-up against Betis, but he didn't practise with the group yesterday.
Suarez is not as likely to be fit in time for Sunday's game.