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Ousmane Dembele ruled out until 2018

Barcelona club doctors have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele will not return to action January 2018 after further tests.

Dembele, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund this summer has only featured in three games for his new club, starting his first La Liga game at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez last month which saw him pull up after 25 minutes with injury.

Barca confirmed the news via their official website, saying Dembele had torn a tendon in his femoral bicep and would undergo an operation in Finland with Dr. Sakari Orava.

Orava, who completed a successful operation on the French international has confirmed that the recovery time of three to four months is likely.

“I am constantly in contact with Dr. Pruna at Barcelona and he is giving me detailed reports about what the player is doing,” Orava told El Mundo Deportivo.

“At this point everything is on course and the recovery is going well. A time scan? Like most youngsters he is optimistic, but my preference is to approach this with more caution and stay with the first timescale. The cause of injury? Maybe it was the pressure the pressure he had been exposed to after signing for the club, not saying he had previously felt pain in that area.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona are preparing new contracts for duo Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto. Both players will see their current deals expire in 2019.

The new offers will keep both at the club until 2022 as Robert Fernandez casts an eye on the long term as they seek to avoid another exit like that of Neymar this summer.

That is the case for Sergi Roberto in particular. The homegrown midfielder’s release clause currently stands at just 40 million euros, and with several European clubs interested, there is concern that an English club would not hesitate to fork out such a fee. Chelsea and Manchester United were both linked in the summer.

Roberto, like Pique, has been a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s side as they have made a perfect start to their La Liga campaign.

The versatile Spaniard has also had more game time in his natural midfield role, only filling in at right-back when Nelson Semedo has been rested. That could prove vital to keeping him happy long-term.

After Andres Iniesta signed a supposedly lifelong deal, Lionel Messi remains the only key player yet to commit to a long term deal at the Camp Nou. Club bosses have assured the Catalan media that a deal is in place and insist that an announcement is simply a matter of time away.

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