Barcelona winger ruled out of Manchester United clash

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Ousmane Dembele has been one of the most effective players for FC Barcelona since the arrival of Xavi Hernández and has been particularly instrumental in the team’s winning form in the last few matches in the absence of star striker Robert Lewandowski. He scored the winning goal in the crunch La Liga tie against Atletico Madrid, while also playing well in other matches in the post-World Cup schedule.

This fine form of the Barcelona winger was one of the factors that made his injury in the match against Girona feel significantly painful to the Blaugrana faithful. Dembele played only around half an hour in this match, as he developed a situation in his left leg quadriceps after going into a race with Barcelona target Arnau Martinez. Dembele, feeling the intensity of pain at that time, immediately asked for a replacement from the bench.

More detailed tests on the Frenchman now show that he is suffering from an injury to his rectus femoris of the left thigh. Fernando Polo claims that the French winger will miss the action for 4-5 weeks, and the matches that he will miss include the Europa League knockout ties against Manchester United.

While Robert Lewandowski’s return will somewhat soften this blow for the team, Dembele will certainly be missed in the upcoming Blaugrana matches as he is perhaps the only in-form winger in the team.

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