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Barcelona: Dembélé a doubt for Clásico after tonsilitis diagnosis

Barcelona: Dembélé a doubt for Clásico after tonsilitis diagnosis

FERRAN ZUERAS

DIARIO AS

With question marks already over Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé has given Barça further cause for concern ahead of their tie with Real Madrid.

With Lionel Messi due to have tests on a thigh injury tomorrow, Barcelona have been handed another fitness concern after Ousmane Dembélé was diagnosed with tonsilitis, leaving the Frenchman's involvement in the Clásico in grave doubt.

Dembélé had been due to return from ankle injury

Dembélé, who is in the final stages of his recovery from an ankle sprain, was expected to return to training tomorrow as Barça prepare to take on Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday evening (21:00 CET).

However, Blaugrana doctors this morning prescribed the forward antiobiotics and told him to go home and rest after he reported to the club's training ground suffering from a fever, complaining of pain in his tonsils and feeling generally unwell.

Recovery usually takes at least three or four days

Barça will wait and see how the 21-year-old's condition progresses, but with tonsilitis usually requiring a recovery period of at least three to four days, there is little optimism that he'll be fit to face Madrid at the Camp Nou.

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2Atlético 44 12 8 1
3Real Madrid 39 12 3 6
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