Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for up-to four months after sustaining an injury in the victory over Getafe on Saturday.
The French international joined Barca at the back of the summer transfer window and has only featured in three games for his new club, starting his first La Liga game at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Saturday afternoon.
However, his game was cut short after pulling up with what doctors at the Catalan club have now confirmed as a ruptured tendon.
Barca confirmed the news via their official website, saying Dembele had torn a tendon in his femoral bicep and would now undergo an operation in Finland with Dr. Sakari Orava.
Heading into the Saturday afternoon La Liga game, Ernesto Valverde’s side had won three out of three games in comfortable fashion but they were made to work by Madrid based side Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho saved the Catalan’s bluses with a late strike, coming on as a late substitute for Ivan Rakitic.
Getafe had taken the lead through a superb strike from Gaku Shibasaki, who hit a stunning half volley into the roof of the net.
His replacement Gerard Deulofeu had a hand in Barca’s equaliser, winning the ball back on the edge of the area, before finding Sergi Roberto, who played in Denis Suarez to score a superb goal.
The result keeps Valverde’s side top of the table with four out of four wins.