Ousmane Dembele is likely to be out until the New Year despite his recovery from a hamstring operation being ‘on course’.
Sakari Orava, the doctor who operated on the forward at the request of Barcelona, believes the original timeframe of three-to-four months for the Frenchman’s absence is likely.
Dembele came off injured during the Blaugrana’s match at Getafe last month with a hamstring tear on his first league start for the club.
“I am constantly in contact with Dr. Pruna at Barcelona and he is giving me detailed reports about what the player is doing,” Orava told El Mundo Deportivo.
“At this point everything is on course and the recovery is going well. A time scan? Like most youngsters he is optimistic, but my preference is to approach this with more caution and stay with the first timescale.
“The cause of injury? Maybe it was the pressure the pressure he had been exposed to after signing for the club, not saying he had previously felt pain in that area.”