Ousmane Dembélé has been through nothing but injury hell in his Barcelona career, and things have gotten even worse for one of the club's most promising players as Barça confirmed on Tuesday that Dembélé is out for six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring.
Dembélé suffered his latest setback during a training session last week during his recovery process from another hamstring injury suffered in November in Barcelona's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund. There was a lot of excitement among fans and his teammates that the 22-year-old was getting ready to return to the pitch a few weeks ahead of schedule. New Barça manager Quique Setién said in multiple occasions he was looking forward to coaching a player of Dembélé's talent, but it appears that will have to wait until the next campaign–if the manager makes it that long.
The Catalan outfit has already been reeling from injuries, particularly with Luis Súarez projected to be out for several months. The rules in Spanish football allow for a signing outside of the transfer window to replace a player who is injured and out for the season, and Barça are reportedly looking to sign one of four options: Real Sociedad's William José, Getafe's Ángel Rodríguez, Alavés' Lucas Pérez and Real Betis' Loren Morón.
The new signing would not be allowed to play in the Champions League, but would offer much-needed depth in what promises to be an extremely close title race against Real Madrid. It perhaps was a blessing in disguise for Barcelona to bow out of the Copa del Rey early, but with an impending two-leg tie against Napoli looming, the Blaugrana will have to hope that the signing can help Leo Messi and co. break through to the next round.