O F F I C I A L

While yesterday it looked like it was simple muscle fatigue without relapse, Barcelona have confirmed that Dembélé has ruptured his right hamstring. Many outlets are reporting that he’ll be out for a minimum of 4 months, meaning that he says goodbye to the season.

Heartbreaking. Dembélé has only featured in 9 games this term. In total, he has missed 59 games in his Barcelona career. Since he joined in August 2017, he has played 74 fixtures, 4.125 minutes. He has never completed more than 5 consecutive matches. Rakitić alone already played 4.237 minutes last campaign.

Many conclusions to be drawn. First, informations came out a week ago that in Qatar it was discovered that, with the previous medical staff, Dembélé had been doing the wrong individual trainings for his recovery. Basically, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as, after only a couple of days back in Catalonia, the 22-year-old has ruptured his tendon again.

Secondly, the physical and psychological recovery of Ousmane will be extremely complex. He will need surgery, and every injury creates a scar. This affects the transmission of forces, and he has already suffered excessive injuries. What he may need now is to start from scratch, as if there were zero expectations on him. Injuries that should be a turning point for him and even his style of play.

Then, this is an enormous problem for Setién. We only have three attackers, one of them being a juvenile that may not be ready to play every single game, plus Collado. I truly trust Álex and Ansu, but who would have envisioned a 17-year-old becoming a key piece to our season. And Leo was starting to feel fatigue…No margin for more injuries.

At last, the planning from the board has been horrendous. Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz sold, and moves made from an economic rather than sporting point of view. Insane that, in a club with a budget of over 1.000m, we have a squad of less than 18 senior members. The directives relied way too much on a player that has been injured more often than fit.

Dembélé must be devastated, so don’t make jokes about his diet, routine, Fortnite…This is very serious. Horrible news.

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