dembele-out-for-month-after-hamstring-injury

(**)(***)(****)(*****)(******)(*******)(****)(********)(*********)(**********)(***********)(************)(*************)(*************)(**************)(***************)play(****************)(*****************)(******************)(****)(****)(*******************)Burley: Barcelona look suspect in defence (1: (********************************************************************************************************************))(****************)(********************)Craig Burley refuses to name Barcelona Champions League favourites after their big win over Lyon, due to their defensive inconsistency. (1: (********************************************************************************************************************))(*********************)(*****************)(*****************)(**********************)(***********************)(****)(****)(************************)(*************************)(************************************************************************************************************************): (*****************************************************************************************************************) AM BST(****************)(****************)(**************************)(***************************)(****)(****************************)(************)(*****************)(********************)Sam Marsden(*******************)Barcelona correspondent (****************)(*********************)(*****************************)(******************************)(*****************)(********************)(*******************************)Ousmane Dembele(********************************) has been ruled out for up to a month after re-injuring his hamstring in (*********************************)Barcelona’s Champions League win against Lyon(********************************).(*********************)(********************)Dembele was touch and go for the game after straining his hamstring at the weekend but came on for the final (*******************************************************************************************************************) minutes, scoring the final goal in a 5-1 win.(*********************)(**********************************)
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(********************)But he ended the match in pain and tests at Barca’s training ground on Thursday have confirmed he will be sidelined for the next three to four weeks.(*********************)(********************)The forward will miss Sunday’s league game against Real Betis and will be unavailable to join up with the France squad during the upcoming international break.(*********************)(********************)He will also have to sit out the league games against Espanyol, Villarreal and, in all probability, Atletico Madrid’s visit to Camp Nou on April 6.(*********************)(********************)Barca will hope he recovers quickly and is available for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal which will be played on either Apr. 9 or Apr. (************************************************************************************************************************). The draw takes place on Friday.(*********************)(********************)Meanwhile, (*******************************************************)Philippe Coutinho(********************************) said he has struggled for form during the last few months after scoring for the first time in (************************************************************************************************************************) games in the win over Lyon.(*********************)(********************)(********************************************************)Lionel Messi(********************************) opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Coutinho rolled home from inside the area after good work from (*********************************************************)Luis Suarez(********************************) to double Barca’s lead. It was his first goal since he scored twice in the Copa del Rey win against Sevilla on Jan. (******************************************************************************************************************).(*********************)(********************)Coutinho’s barren run saw him (**********************************************************)jeered by some supporters during Saturday’s win against Rayo Vallecano(********************************) but he was given a more positive reception when he was replaced by Dembele in the second half against Lyon.(*********************)(***********************************************************)(************************************************************)(********)(*************************************************************)(**************************************************************)(***************************************************************)(************)(*************)(*************)(**************)(******************)Ousmane Dembele will face up to a month on the sidlines after suffering a hamstring injury. (****************************************************************)Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images(*****************************************************************)(**********************)(***********************)(******************************************************)(********************)”In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well,” Coutinho told Movistar after helping the Catalan side reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a (***********************************************************************************************************************)th consecutive season. “But I’ve never stopped trying to improve and learn. I came to Barcelona to give my best and that’s what I try to do every day.”(*********************)(********************)- (******************************************************************)(*******************************************************************) Messi hails Ronaldo’s ‘magical’ night for Juventus (********************************)(********************************************************************)(*********************)(********************)Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool for €(***********************************************************************************************************) million last January, has been linked with a return to England after seeing his place in Barca’s side taken by Dembele.(*********************)(********************)The Brazil international brushed off talk of a summer exit for now and said his focus is on Sunday’s game against Real Betis as Barca continue to compete on three fronts.(*********************)(********************)”I live for the moment,” he added. “Now it’s about the next game.(*********************)(********************)”You never know what the future holds. I am (*) happy with my performance today.”(*********************)
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