Before suffering a left thigh injury during the La Liga match against Girona on January 28, Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele was on fire.
There has been a lot of speculation about his potential return to the field. But, according to some reports, the French international could be sidelined for 5–6 weeks.
Dembele and Barcelona’s medical staff are aiming for a comeback for the El Clasico against Real Madrid at Camp Nou on March 19, according to Javi Miguel of AS.
Unfortunately, this means that Dembele will miss the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal against Real Madrid on March 2 as well as both legs of the UEFA Europa League play-offs against Manchester United.
Dembele has a concrete recovery strategy in place. He will receive physiotherapy for the following 15 days, then complete his on-field recovery for an additional 15 days, gradually increasing his training load until he is able to reintegrate with the rest of the team.
Fun fact about Ousmane Dembele:
Dembele Has Four National Team Playing Options.
Ousmane Dembele represents the French national team on the field. However, he is also qualified to represent Mauritania, Mali, and Senegal.
He is qualified to represent Mali because his father was born there. Dembele is also qualified to represent Senegal or Mauritania because those are the nations where his mother was born.
The Barcelona staff is being cautious and does not want to rush Dembele back into action given his history of injuries.
Before making his return to the La Liga Clasico at Camp Nou, he could miss up to seven weeks of action, missing matches against Villarreal, Cadiz, Manchester United, Almeria, Real Madrid (CdR semifinal), Valencia, and Athletic Club.