Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele will undergo surgery next week Tuesday to repair a torn hamstring suffered in training on Monday.
After being sidelined since November, the 22-year-old returned to training but suffered a setback in his return to full fitness. The club announced on Tuesday that the forward ruptured the proximal tendon of his right hamstring and will need to be repaired.
He now faces more time on the sidelines which is a big blow for both the club, who had hope that the player had suffered only muscular fatigue. However, the club refused to reveal how long he will be out for and when he will return.
In a statement on its website, the club said the forward will travel to Finland for the surgery in order to treat his right hamstring tear.
“FC Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé will undergo surgery on Tuesday, 11 February in Turku, Finland, to treat a rupture to the proximal tendon of his right hamstring. Once the operation has been concluded, further information will be given regarding his approximate recovery time.”
Dembele, who joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, has endured a torrid time in Spain due to a series of injuries that have limited his game time. He suffered a hamstring tear in September 2017 that sidelined him for more than three months and restricted him to just 20 appearances.
Spaking on Dembele’s latest injury, Head coach Quique Setien described it as unfortunate and painful. According to the manager, he was happy that the forward has started training after the club lost Luis Suarez to a knee injury.
“Once we have all the info we’ll take decisions,” he said.
“It’s true I was very excited to get Ousmane back to help us. This is obviously an unfortunate situation but I’ve always had problems in my career and what I always try to do is find solutions.”
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