Ousmane Dembele Injures Hamstring vs. Getafe, Replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

Ousmane Dembele Injures Hamstring vs. Getafe, Replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

Ousmane Dembele Injures Hamstring vs. Getafe, Replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

Ernesto Valverde maintains record signing Ousmane Dembele still needs more time to adapt with Barcelona.

But, the first-half performance Ernesto Valverde's side gave in the first-half wasn't up to scratch and Barcelona were to enter the half-time break 1-0 down courtesy of a stunning volley from Getafe's Japanese global Gaku Shibasaki.

"It's a muscle problem", Valverde added. I think we have a great squad, even though there were lots of comments made at the beginning of the season, people should not doubt that.

"It is a shame because he was just getting up to scratch with the team's dynamic".

Barca, which has won all four of its LaLiga matches to start the new season, has clashes against Eibar, Girona, Sporting CP and Las Palmas before the next worldwide break, after which it is away to Atletico Madrid on 15 October (AEST).

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The opening 25 minutes of football passed without Barcelona having a single shot on target, and it got worse for the visitors when Dembele limped off the field with a hamstring injury on his first league start for the club, which saw Gerard Deulofeu introduced off the bench.

The Catalan club paid an initial €105 million to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August, although that could rise to €145m with add-ons. The 20-year-old France forward limped off after clutching the back of his leg and going to ground having stretched to keep the ball in with a back-heel by the corner flag.

"Before the game started we saw that the grass was long and dry", said the midfielder, who replaced Andres Iniesta at half time.

"As players we need confidence and the manager is giving us that - you can tell".

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

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