Barcelona: As always, Ousmane Dembélé’s injury lands Barça in jeopardy

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele playing for France against Hungary during their UEFA EURO 2020 Group F match. (Photo by TIBOR ILLYES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele playing for France against Hungary during their UEFA EURO 2020 Group F match. (Photo by TIBOR ILLYES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Last Saturday, Barcelona’s French winger Ousmane Dembélé succumbed to another injury, cutting his Euro campaign short in a heartbreaking fashion.

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Ever since Ousmane Dembélé joined the Blaugrana, he has been a lump in Barça’s back. The simple reason for that is his recurring injuries that hinder his credibility and act as a setback. After quickly rising in prominence with Borussia Dortmund, the winger soon attained the spotlights solely focused on him.

That’s the reason a top club like Barcelona didn’t hold back to pay for an initial fee of €105 million, becoming at the time the joint-second most expensive footballer ever alongside Paul Pogba! But ever since then, each season for the 24-year-old has been an uphill struggle. His time in Spain mostly has been an injury-riddled tale, which has kept him on the sidelines for prolonged periods.

Latest injury for the Barcelona star

France went up against Hungary at Euro 2020 for their Group F match. Dembélé was introduced later in the game during the 57th minute. However, as things would play out, he soon picked up another injury, which saw him leave the field only after 30 minutes into the game.

Things looked grim for the French camp and the Culers, who are ever familiar with the extent of the player’s injury record. Soon reports started flooding in, which raised concern for the player’s injury. The French national team issued a statement, where they notified and confirmed his injury status, ruling him out of the tournament.

A report from Radio Catalunya suggests that Barcelona expects Dembélé to be out for around three months. It means the Frenchman would not be available to aid the team until September. The whole situation is a vital concern for the Barcelonistes as they seek to rebuild their squad this season. It lands the club’s management in jeopardy of what to do with the player.

Don’t get us wrong by any means; on a regular day, Ousmane Dembélé can be an impactful player that makes the difference between two sides, but his injury records make him a liability at this point. A team cannot be reliant on a player who spends most of his time rehabilitating his ailments.

Barcelona is amidst huge debts, and this transfer window’s business is essential for their progress. Dembélé is one of their most marketable assets, but a dent in his Euro campaign lands the club in a tight spot as no one will be willing to pay for an injured player. The winger can’t alleviate their problems, and the situation is turning out to be a headache for the club.

Ousmane sits on a €250,000-per-week wage and isn’t able to contribute enough to justify that massive fee. A loan deal can only be the only possible solution for the Azulgranas. With other world-class players coming to Barcelona this summer, Dembélé is one name that they can do without. Any club would be skeptical approaching the starlet. Considering the history, it will be a massive gamble for any club to tread with. The chances are very slim, but not impossible.

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