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Barcelona's Dembele injured ahead of Juventus clash

Barcelona winger, Ousmane Dembele suffered a string of serious injuries to his right hamstring last season and appeared in only nine games for Barcelona. This season he has already played 12 times and scored four goals, including one in a Champions League victory at Ferencvaros on Wednesday. 

Dembele came on as a substitute during Barca’s shock 2-1 defeat to Cadiz on Saturday. 

The Frenchman was introduced after the break with the Catalans already 1-0 down to an Alvaro Gimenez effort. 

He joins a growing injury list at the Camp Nou.  

Teenage phenomenon Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and defender Gerard Pique all suffered serious injuries in November and will be out until next year. Defender Samuel Umtiti is another long-term casualty. 

Manager Ronald Koeman has been rotating other players who are carrying knocks, including goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Clement Lenglet. Both returned to the team on Saturday and made costly errors. 

The loss in Cadiz dropped Barcelona to eighth, 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Both clubs have played 10 games. 

“A gap of 12 points to a team as strong as Atletico Madrid is a lot,” said Koeman on Saturday. 

“There are still games to be played, but if we don’t improve our attitude and our consistency away from home, we can’t have a say.”  

Although Dembele played the entire game, Barca have now revealed that he picked up a knock. 

“Tests on Sunday morning, December 6, have shown that first-team player Ousmane Dembele has a hamstring elongation,” a statement on the club’s official website read. 

“He will therefore not be considered for selection and the evolution of the injury will determine his availability.” 

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