Ousmane Dembele is about to return to motion for Barcelona in Thursday’s Copa del Rey match in opposition to Celta Vigo.
Dembele, 20, has been out of motion for 4 months however the Catalan membership confirmed on Tuesday that he is lastly accessible for choice once more.
The France ahead ruptured a tendon in opposition to Getafe in September and solely returned to full coaching in December, simply days earlier than Barca’s Three-Zero win in opposition to Actual Madrid on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Together with the remainder of his teammates, Dembele then took per week off over Christmas, returning to coaching on Dec. 30.
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Following three extra classes, Barcelona’s medical workers have now deemed him match to make his return to aggressive soccer in opposition to Celta.
Barca journey to Vigo on Thursday for the primary leg of their round-of-16 Copa del Rey tie in opposition to Juan Carlos Unzue’s facet.
The second leg will happen subsequent week at Camp Nou after Barca return to league motion this weekend with a house sport in opposition to Levante on Sunday.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano solely returned to coaching on Tuesday after being given an prolonged break to compensate for his or her journeys to South America.
Due to this fact, Ernesto Valverde is unlikely to take them to Vigo this week.
As a substitute, the Barca coach might take the possibility to offer minutes to people who haven’t performed frequently this season in addition to these which can be getting back from long-term layoffs, similar to Dembele and Rafinha.
Demeble, the membership’s costliest signing ever, made simply three appearances earlier than getting injured, whereas Rafinha has not performed since he injured the meniscus in his knee in April.
Barca have gained the Copa dep Rey in every of the final three seasons however face a tough problem in opposition to a Celta facet who earned a degree at Camp Nou final month.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.