Ousmane Dembélé spent time over Christmas in Qatar but it may have been time wasted with the player's latest setback yesterday now signalling surgery to deal with his latest muscular problem, this lad really does have bad luck. Our resident medic, Dr. González has stated on countless times that pacey players are more susceptible to muscle tears and this would appear to be the case with the constant issues that befall the likes of Dembélé and Bale, both players who have been sidelined with muscular issues of a varying nature. In the case of the Welshman, his comebacks are rather speedy but they take on a different dimension with his apparent indifference and will never force the issue. His unflappable agent Jonathan Barnett claims that his client his happy and why should't he be: another Real Madrid foot soldier living in a city with a climate ideal for playing golf.
Barça's depleted squad
Dembélé's situation is quite different however. His career seems to have been truncated just as he should be taking off. Mbappé sent his fellow countryman his best wishes and it's difficult to imagine what's going through the mind of this young athlete. I've dealt with so many players over the years and realise that their happiness and good state of mind stems from their legs being healthy and in optimum condition. The knock-on effect of Dembélé's injury impacts directly on the FC Barcelona squad, a squad already somewhat depleted with no-one able to explain as why this is the case. At the start of the season, Rafinha moved to Celta with an apparent over-booking problem in the central of the park. The recent departures of Wague, Todibo, Aleñá and Carles Pérez really have left the squad looking very thin on key personnel.