French international Ousmane Dembele retired from Euro 2020 after hamstring surgery

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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele will be down for about six months after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.


updated:February 12, 2020, 7:17 p.m.

French international Ousmane Dembele retired from Euro 2020 after hamstring surgery
Ousmane Dembele (Photo credit: Reuters)

Madrid: Ousmane Dembele will miss out on Euro 2020 after Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the French international will be out for about six months after an operation on his right Achilles tendon.

Dembele's absence also means he will be out for the rest of this season for Barca, who can do without another attacker after losing Luis Suarez to a long-term knee injury last month.

"The first team player, Ousmane Dembele, had a successful surgery … because of a tendon rupture in his proximal thigh tendon on the right thigh. The Frenchman will be out for about six months," said a statement from the La Liga champion.

The 22-year-old has suffered from a number of thigh problems since moving from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 and has achieved an order value of up to 147 million euros.

Dembele has only made nine appearances this season.

He was on the verge of recovering from a thigh injury he contracted in November before suffering a relapse in training last week.

The former Rennes attacker also missed most of his opening year in Barcelona with a similar problem that the striker endured for four months.

Dembele's recent disappointment is a blow to France's hopes of catching up on the triumph at the 2018 World Cup this summer by winning the Euro, while Barcas coach Quique Setien earlier this month from his excitement at the prospect of the young man's return spoke.

After its long hiatus, Barcelona may be asked to buy a replacement if the club is allowed to sign an emergency through the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).

Barcelona can apply for a permit from the RFEF, but any new signing must play in the La Liga or outside the contract and must not be in the Champions League.

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