Absent since last June, Dembélé is not yet 100% to resume with Barça, according to his coach.
We had left him limping in Budapest, a few minutes after coming into play with the Blues against Hungary at Euro 2020. Five months later, Ousmane Dembélé has still not resumed competition with FC Barcelona.
At a time when the Catalan club would certainly need its grain of madness on the front of the attack, the former Rennais is still recovering but gradually sees the end of the tunnel.
At the beginning of the week, while some were still selected by their selection, Dembélé made his return to the coach. Good news for Barça even if it will be necessary to be patient.
Not to miss
While Sergio Agüero has a good chance of being in the Catalan squad for the first time since arriving for the game against Valencia, this will not be the case for the Frenchman. Braked by injuries since his first steps at Camp Nou, no risk will be taken.
Patience will also be the key word according to Ronald Koeman. Present at a press conference on the eve of the match, the Dutch coach gave news of Dembélé and believes that the winger is still far from 100% to be able to claim a place in the Blaugrana group.
“He’s been working really well lately. He still has time, there are things he needs to improve in order to be with the whole group, Koeman conceded to reporters. It is difficult to establish a timeline, we will wait to see how it goes in the next few days. “
At the end of the contract next June, Ousmane Dembélé knows he must continue if he wants to convince Barça to extend it or simply to attract the eye of other European leaders.