Barcelona face massive setback as French winger is ruled out of Mallorca clash
According to a recent update published by Alfredo Martinez, Ousmane Dembele will not be available to play against RCD Mallorca tomorrow night. The French winger developed tonsillitis and did not take part in the training today.
Over the last few weeks, Barcelona have suffered massive setbacks in their squad with Sergino Dest, Nico Gonzalez, and Sergi Roberto ruled out for the rest of the season. Oscar Mingueza and Martin Braithwaite, meanwhile, have tested positive for COVID.
However, Dembele’s absence is worse than any other, given his incredible form. The forward is by far and large Barça’s best attacker, contributing with 11 assists, and on average, 2.5 chances created per game.
While Barcelona’s path to a top-four finish is easier than their rivals on paper, the loss against Cadiz and Rayo Vallecano has proven that the team has a long way to go before anything is guaranteed.
On the contrary, the garnet and blue will most likely be boosted by the return of Ansu Fati. The youngster has been injured for over three months and immediately adds a depth of goalscoring prowess to an otherwise out of form Barcelona attack.
He will not, however, start immediately. With Dembele out, it would be safe to expect Ferran Torres to start on the right-wing with Memphis Depay on the left of the attacking trident. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely spearhead this frontline.