Dembele cleared for Barcelona return

first_imgBarcelona Dembele cleared for Barcelona return but will not be rushed Alex Fisher 21:29 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OusmaneDembele - Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Getafe Getafe Primera División Ernesto Valverde has a €105 million summer signing back at his disposal after an injury-hit start to his time at Camp Nou, but will not take any risks Ernesto Valverde will take no risks with Ousmane Dembele after the France international was given the all-clear to resume his Barcelona career on Saturday.After his €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund to Camp Nou in August, Dembele has made just seven appearances in all competitions due to hamstring injuries.Dembele tore the muscle in only his second Barca appearance and spent three and a half months on the sidelines. He returned in January but suffered a relapse two weeks later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 20-year-old is back in contention to face Getafe on Sunday in La Liga, though, and Valverde is keen to get him involved.However, he will only feature if he is 100 per cent ready to contribute.”[Dembele’s involvement] depends a lot on what he does,” Valverde told a media conference.”Of course, he’s a player who we have many hopes pinned, but we need to be careful. He will be introduced little by little.”Hopefully he can do things in this stage of the season that are decisive. He is the type of player who can help us, he has been slowly adapting to the team.”Tomorrow is a good game for him to be involved.”Philippe Coutinho, BarcelonaDembele could vie for a starting spot in the closing months of the season with Philippe Coutinho, although the Brazilian appears to have settled well since his move from Liverpool.Coutinho netted his first Barca goal in the Copa del Rey semi-final, second-leg victory over Valencia on Thursday, and Valverde expects him to keep improving.”He’s looked good to me, obviously goals always help, they reinforce a player a lot,” added the Barca coach.”Little by little I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of him.”last_img

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