Ousmane Dembele to Miss 3-4 Months After Surgery for Thigh Injury

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his first goal of the evening for Barcelona against Eibar at the Nou Camp

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his first goal of the evening for Barcelona against Eibar at the Nou Camp

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will be out for up to four months with a hamstring injury.

A statement on the club's website said the 20-year-old France global had ruptured "his tendon in the femoral bicep in his left thigh".

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He will be operated on by specialist Sakari Orava, who has previously been used by Barcelona to aid the recoveries of Thomas Vermaelen, Jandro Orellana and Pol Calvet.

Gerard Deulofeu, who may profit from Dembele's injury, said: "It is a good three points because it was a field that couldn't be played on".

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Fortunately for Ernesto Valverde's men, the pitch was unable to prevent Barca from coming away with the victory, as new signing Paulinho scored an 84th-minute victor.

The Catalan giants signed 20-year-old Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth up to £135.5 million in August to replace Neymar after the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain.

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Dembele is also set to miss huge league fixtures against Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and the rest of the Champions League group stages.

Dembele will undergo surgery next week in Finland to help address the issue, and his absence is an absolutely massive blow to the Barca attack.

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