Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona vs Juventus after picking up hamstring injury

Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona vs Juventus after picking up hamstring injury

- Ousmane Dembele will miss Barcelona's Champions League clash vs Juventus

- The forward picked up a hamstring in the Catalans' 2-1 defeat to Cadiz

- Dembele has three goals in four UCL appearances so far this campaign

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Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of his side's Champions League final group game against Juventus at Camp Nou.

The Frenchman came off the bench but could not rescue the Catalans from losing 2-1 to Cadiz at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza over the weekend.

A goal each from Alvaro Giminez and Alvaro Negredo in either half of the meeting ensured Alvaro Cervera's men claim a 2-1 win over Ronald Koeman's side.

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The club, however, confirmed the 2018 World Cup winner picked up a hamstring injury after coming on for Phillipe Coutinho at the start of the second half.

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele during Barcelona's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid last month. Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno.
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Although Barca have already qualified for the next stage of the competition, they have their pride to protect with Cristiano Ronaldo set to return to the Nou Camp for the game.

The Portuguese missed the first leg due to COVID-19 and he will be hoping to help Juve avenge their 2-0 loss in his absence.

Koeman's men have won all their first five group games and they will hope to finish that way when they battle Old Lady for three points on Tuesday, December 8.

Dembele has scored three goals in four Champions League appearances and his contributions to their success so far will be missed.

Meanwhile, the Dutch manager blames his players for their disappointing defeat to Cadiz over the weekend as reported by Daily Mail. He said:

"The defeat is difficult to explain. We've come here after some good games, but the first half wasn't good. We were better in the second half, but the way in which we lost was incredible.

"We lost due to an unexpected mistake that you cannot make. It came from not being focused. The attitude wasn't good tonight, and not just from the defenders.
"It's very hard to explain some of the goals that we've conceded. I think it might be because of a lack of concentration. We lack aggression without the ball. That might be why we concede. It's not easy to explain that second goal."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala continued her impressive display for Barcelona Femeni in the Spanish women's league.

The 26-year-old found the back of the net for the Catalan ladies in the 81st minute in their 9-0 humiliation of Santa Teresa at the Johan Cryuff Stadium.

And this has taken her tally in the Spanish topflight to three goals after seven appearances so far this campaign.

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