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Barca's Dembele sidelined for two weeks with injury

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Barca's Dembele sidelined for two weeks with injury
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Leganes - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 20, 2019 Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele during the warm up REUTERS/Albert Gea   -   Copyright  ALBERT GEA(Reuters)
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MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s French international forward Ousmane Dembele will be out for two weeks after spraining his ankle in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Leganes, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

The news comes as a blow for the 21-year-old, who opened the scoring for the La Liga leaders and has impressed in recent weeks, netting six times in his last 10 outings.

The injury means he is likely to miss both legs of their Copa del Rey quarter-final with Sevilla, and Sunday’s Catalan derby at Girona.

It is also possible that he could be sidelined for the visit of Valencia at the beginning of February, although he should be fit for Barca’s Champions League last-16 meeting with Olympique Lyonnais in February.

Fellow big-money arrival Philippe Coutinho will be expected to fill the void created by Dembele’s absence, with the Brazilian struggling for game time since his 160 million Euros ($181.87 million) move from Liverpool 12 months ago.

(Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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