Barca forward Dembélé out 5 weeks

August 20, 2019
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé (left) duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Lopez during the Spanish La Liga  match between their teams at San Mames stadium last  Friday.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé (left) duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Lopez during the Spanish La Liga match between their teams at San Mames stadium last Friday.

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.

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