FC Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his hamstring.
With the club already reeling in the absence of Luis Suarez, Dembele's six-month absence serves as an unwelcome blow to manager Quinque Setien.
The France winger arrived at Camp Nou in 2017 in a £96.8m deal from Borussia Dortmund has seen his career stall in LaLiga with two and a half injury-ravaged campaigns.
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"The striker was continuing his recovery from the hamstring injury when he was forced to retire from a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva last week," the club revealed in a statement.
"Subsequent tests confirmed a complete rupture to the tendon in the proximal hamstring of his right leg."
The 22-year-old missed a total of 17 league games this season with hamstring problems before the recent blow.