Valverde hopeful over Dembele injury

La Liga

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is keeping his fingers crossed that Ousmane Dembele's hamstring injury will not sideline him for long.

The 20-year-old, who joined Barca from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the summer for a fee that could rise to £135million, lasted only 25 minutes in his first La Liga start in the 2-1 win against Getafe on Saturday.

Valverde could only confirm that Dembele suffered a hamstring problem, but he hopes it is not a serious one.

“Dembele? It looks like a muscle tear and it’s a shame because he was getting into the team’s dynamics and now it’ll have to stop, hopefully not for long,” he told reporters.