Valverde: Dembele's injury looks like a muscle tear

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes Ousmane Dembele tore a hamstring muscle during the LaLiga champions' 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The 21-year was substituted just six minutes into the clash, with the club later confirming he had suffered a hamstring problem that would be assessed on Sunday. 

Valverde revealed the likely extent of the injury, which looks set to rule Dembele out of Barca's Champions League semi-final second leg at Liverpool. 

"With Dembele, it looks like a tear," he said. "We had already noticed during the play that something was not right. 

"We were worried quickly because it seems like a muscular tear.

"It is certainly not muscle fatigue because the other day he played very little [in Barca's Champions League win over Liverpool on Wednesday]. 

"These things happen and as a coach I do not have an explanation."

Barca travel to Anfield on Tuesday with a 3-0 first-leg advantage to protect. 

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