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Dembele would be out for four months, Valverde feeling the heat!

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Barcelona have announced that forward Ousmane Dembele will be out for up to four months with a thigh injury.

The tests have come back after Ousmane Dembélé ruptured the tendon in his femoral bicep in his left thigh. The player will be operated on by Dr. Sakari Orava in Finland this week. He is expected to be out for between three and a half months and four months.

Dembele, making his first start in La Liga, fell to the ground clutching his hamstring after sprinting for the ball just after the 20-minute mark.

Barcelona’s record signing immediately signalled to the bench that he would be unable to continue and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

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

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admitted after the game that Dembele is “going to have to spend some time on the sidelines.”

“It’s a muscle problem,” Valverde added. “We think it’s a tear, but we will do more tests tomorrow.

The Catalan club paid an initial €105 million to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August, although that could rise to €145m with add-ons.

The France international made his debut as a substitute in last weekend’s 5-0 win against Espanyol at the Camp Nou, providing the assist for Luis Suarez’s stoppage-time goal.

He then made his full debut in the midweek victory over Juventus in the Champions League and kept his place at Getafe.