05 Apr Barcelona news: Ousmane Dembele yields to coaching before Champions League clash with Man Utd
A torn hamstring appeared certain to maintain the France international from his side’s Champions League quarter-final tie but he’s back in training
Barcelona have welcomed Ousmane Dembele back to training before a key La Liga match against title rivals Atletico Madrid and their Champions League quarter-final together with Manchester United.
Dembele lasted a ripped after coming off the bench in Barca’s 5-1 final -16 second-leg triumph over Lyon a month, together with Ernesto Valverde accepting he knew that he was denying the winger’s fitness.
It had been anticipated Dembele would overlook the tie against United, together with all the first leg to be performed on April 10 along with the return held in Camp Nou six days afterwards.
However, the France forward returned to instruction on Thursday, providing Barca a boost before the trip of Atletico – that are eight points behind the leaders – in the weekend.
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Atletico have harm issues of the own heading to Saturday’s meeting of the top two with Alvaro Morata suffering a sprained ankle in their La Liga success over Girona this week.
With Diego Costa plus a doubt because of a muscle problem and Thomas Lemar not anticipated to be matched, Antoine Griezmann and Nikola Kalinic might be the only attackers accessible to Atleti coach Diego Simeone.
Barcelona are eight points before Atletico as the battle at Camp Nou approaches. The side observed their seven-game winning streak come to a conclusion on Tuesday if they drew 4-4 with Villarreal. Valverde’s guys are unbeaten in their past 15 matches in all competitions.
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Atletico, meanwhile, have won seven and lost two of the past nine and have moved five points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid at the Spanish top-flight.
Having seen his side knocked out of the Champions League last month, Simeone has pledged his side aren’t giving up on their struggle to win La Liga.
“We can not eliminate sight of this fact , at any given stage in La Liga, rival is in our character,” he explained. “And we wish to compete for La Liga before our very last breath.”