Barcelona Bomb Out Dembele Over Training Ground Tensions

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

Messi has not played since fracturing his arm against Sevilla on October 20.

After Barcelona officials finally got through to Dembele's phone following his missed training session on Thursday, club doctors were sent to him and they confirmed he had gastroenteritis.

The 21-year-old was overlooked by manager Ernesto Valverde in the starting XI in last month's 5-1 win over Real Madrid despite the absence of Lionel Messi due to a broken arm.

Dembele's latest indiscretion has led to further speculation over the long-term future of the €105m signing from Borussia Dortmund, but Valverde said he remained keen to help him realise his potential.

"The return of Umtiti and Messi isn't a risk". Dembele has incredible talent and we want to help him show it some day.

Defender Umtiti has been out with a knee injury since September.

But asked if Messi was ready to play 90 minutes, Valverde replied: "We will see, but he's lost his fear of falling or struggling against an opponent".

"It is true that we are looking after Marc, but he's available for the game against Betis".

Philippe Coutinho is out for a few weeks with a muscle injury.

Barcelona began the weekend three points clear at the top of La Liga, having won their last three league outings.

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