(Barcelona) Ousmane Dembélé, the French international winger of FC Barcelona, leader of the Spanish championship, injured in the left thigh since the end of January, “will be back on Saturday” for the reception of Betis Sevilla on the 32nd day of La Liga , Xavi said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“He’ll be back on Saturday, don’t worry. He is perfectly fine. And Andreas (Christensen, editor’s note) will also come back on Saturday, ”assured the Blaugrana coach at a press conference before Barça moved to the lawn of Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday as part of the 31st day.
The explosive winger returned to training a few days ago but was not included in the Catalan squad to face Rayo.
On January 28 in Girona, during the 19th day, Dembélé had to give up his place in the 25th minute due to pain above the left knee, after a sprint.
While physical glitches seemed to have spared him for almost two years, this new injury added to the string of injuries Dembélé has suffered since joining Barca in 2017.
The wounded, “we miss them. We had to stop some players, because they felt great, they could have played this game, they have the right attitude, they want to participate… but we think it’s better to keep them for another week,” said estimated Xavi on April 15 already, when the infirmary was filled with Pedri, Dembélé, Christensen and Frenkie de Jong.
De Jong and Pedri returned on Sunday to help Barca bag the three points in the La Liga Matchday 30 poster against Atlético Madrid (1-0).