Dembele facing 10 weeks out with thigh injury

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele is not likely to play again until February due to a muscle injury.

Ousmane Dembele injured his thigh in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is likely to be out for up to 10 weeks with a thigh injury, the club has confirmed.

The France international was forced off in the first half of Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League win over former club Borussia Dortmund. Barca announced on Friday that Dembele has damaged his right hamstring and is expected to be out of action until February.

Dembele is due to miss a difficult run of matches for the La Liga champion, which faces Atletico Madrid, Real Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves before the mid-season break.

He will also sit out the Champions League visit to Inter on December 10 and is highly likely to be unavailable for the revamped Supercopa de Espana, with Barca facing Atletico in the semifinal on January 8.

Dembele, who has started only three league games this season, has seen his Barca career blighted by injuries since he joined from Dortmund for an initial €105 million.

The 22-year-old has had three previous thigh problems and twice damaged hamstrings, while he also suffered an ankle sprain in January.

Barca travels to Atleti on Sunday looking to secure its place at the top of the table.The champion is level on 28 points with Madrid after 13 games, with Atleti three points adrift of the leader and one behind Sevilla.

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