Big Blow As Top Barcelona Forward to Miss Manchester United Clash Through Injury

Big Blow As Top Barcelona Forward to Miss Manchester United Clash Through Injury

  • Ousmane Dembele sustained a thigh muscle injury in Barcelona's clash against Girona
  • The France international is set to be sidelined for at least three weeks
  • He will not feature in Barcelona's Europa League tie against Manchester United

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has reportedly been ruled out of their Europa League knock out encounter against Manchester United through injury.

The 25-year-old was hooked off after just 25 minutes in the Catalan giants' 1-0 victory over Girona in the Spanish Primera Division on Saturday evening.

His replacement, Pedri, grabbed the winner late on as the Blaugrana are now 13 straight games unbeaten in all competitions.

Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona, Manchester United, Girona
Ousmane Dembele will miss their Europa League last 16 play off with Manchester United through injury. Photo by David Bustamante
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After the game, Xavi Hernandez disclosed in his post match interview that he is concerned about how long Dembele will be out of action for.

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The Frenchman was examined by Barcelona's medical team with an update confirming he sustained a thigh injury.

But reports from Marca indicate that the winger is set to miss at least three weeks of action despite no confirmation of his expected recovery from Barcelona’s medical team.

This means that Dembele will likely not feature in Barca's next five games in all competitions, which includes their Europa League first leg clash against Manchester United at Camp Nou on February 16.

However, the nimble-footed forward could be fit for the reverse fixture, at Old Trafford a week later.

Dembele in top form

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele has experienced a rebirth at Barcelona, winning the hearts of fans and management alike at Camp Nou after a tough first few seasons.

The 25-year-old was instrumental in helping Barcelona secure a Copa del Rey semi-final spot after netting the sole goal in the 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, January 25.

Barcelona manager, Xavi is delighted with Dembele’s progress so far and has described the French forward as lethal and one of the best footballers in the world currently, Goal reports.

Fans hail Barcelona winger Dembele

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Barcelona fans have a new superstar, and his name is Ousmane Dembele.

The 25-year-old French winger has indeed become the toast of Barcelona supporters this season following his scintillating performances for the Catalan giants.

On Wednesday, January 25, Dembele was again the star man for Xavi’s men as they secured a spot in the Copa del Rey semi-final following a 1-0 win against Real Sociedad.

Source: Sports Brief News