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Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele out for up to four months

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele out for up to four months”

Dembele had to be withdrawn in the first half of his side's dramatic 2-1 victory at Getafe on Sunday (AEST), leaving the field after sustaining the problem while attempting a back-heel near the corner flag when the match was still goalless.

A club statement after the game read: "Ousmane Dembele has a hamstring injury in his left leg, more tests are needed to find out the extent of the injury".

Last month, Barcelona paid Borussia Dortmund 105 million euros ($124 million) in a deal for Dembele that included possible add-ons that could add an additional 40% of the fee, meaning the final cost could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).

Coach Ernesto Valverde echoed the statement, and admitted that losing the 20-year-old to injury so soon is "a shame".

"It is a shame because he was just getting up to scratch with the team's dynamic".

Dembele had made his debut in the 5-0 thrashing of Catalan rivals Espanyol and notched a late assist for Luis Suarez.

Dembele will struggle to be fit again this year leaving Barcelona short of attacking options having missed out on signing Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho this summer. It has won its first four matches in the Spanish league and beat Juventus in its Champions League opener.



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