Ahead of kick off in their La Liga match against Eibar on Wednesday night, Barcelona’s players made a tribute to the injured Ousmane Dembele.
The full extent of Dembele’s was recently revealed to rule the youngster out for close to four months.
Dembele last 29 minutes in the weekend’s 2-1 win at Getafe before a hamstring injury forced him off.
A frustated Ernesto Valverde cited inexperience as one of the causes.
“It’s clear that he is a player who has never had a muscular problem and doesn’t have the experience to recognise the small disturbances,” the Barcelona manager said to Marca.
“An experienced player may have not made the move that Dembele made.”
Barça players wearing T-shirts in the tunnel saying “Courage Ousmane” after Dembele ruled out for three-and-a-half months.
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) September 19, 2017
The injury is a massive blow for Dembele, who only just arrived at Barcelona. The 20-year-old made just three appearances for the club before injury struck.
Dembele signed from Borussia Dortmund €105 million plus a reported €40 million add-ons. His contract includes a €400 million buy-out clause.
Dembele was signed as a partial replacement for Neymar, who left for PSG for £198 million.
As they walked out onto the Camp Nou pitch, the home players wore T-shirts saying “Courage Dembele” as a message to the Frenchman.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017