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Ernesto Valverde says Ousmane Dembele injury ‘seems like a muscle tear’

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The forward picked up a hamstring problem against Celta Vigo

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde offered an pessimistic update on Ousmane Dembele after he was forced off with injury after just four minutes of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo.

The champions have confirmed that Dembele has suffered a hamstring injury and will undergo tests on Sunday to determine the severity of the problem.

Valverde was asked about the Frenchman after the match and gave an update:

“With Dembele, it looks like a tear. We had already noticed during the play that something was not right.

”We were worried quickly because it seems like a muscular tear. It is certainly not muscle fatigue because the other day he played very little.

”These things happen and as a coach I do not have an explanation.”

Source | Goal

If the injury is as bad as Valverde fears then it seems as though Dembele’s season is over, and the champions will have to cope without him for the rest of the campaign.