Could Barca training sessions be the reason behind Dembele's recent injury woes?
- The Frenchman suffered barely any injuries during his respective spells at Rennes and Borussia Dortmund.
- However, he has already missed 253 days and 40 games at Barca.
- Dembele's agent says: "The low-intension training sessions at Barca don't fit well with the demands of LaLiga matches.
If we look at Ousmane Dembele's injury history, we may get a bit surprised. He suffered some tiny bruises and issues during his two-year spells at Rennes and Borussia Dortmund combined between 2015 and 2017.
At Barcelona, however, Dembele has already missed forty games. He has been unavailable for over 253 days because of the various issues. His most common problem has been his hamstring.
Dembele's most recent hamstring tear was confirmed this Monday and caused some fuss at Barcelona. The Frenchman felt some discomfort during the Athletic Bilbao game last Friday but decided to keep silent. He failed to report for the medical tests the next day and travelled to either Rennes or Senegal. He will now miss five weeks because of the injury.
Dembele's agent Moussa Sissoko defends his client amid recent criticism, as per L'Equipe: "He thought that it was just a cramp. It's quite common for footballers to feel a little bit of discomfort. He forced himself to keep going to show what he was capable of, a youthful error in judgement."
Moreover, he blames the club for Dembele's injury crisis: "The low-intension training sessions at Barca don't fit well with the demands of LaLiga matches."
This statement is echoed by Rennes' former academy director Patrick Rampillon: "In his time at Rennes he [Dembele] was a pure athlete due to the effort he made, his explosiveness and his way to keep on going. He never had any injuries from the age of 14 until he left."
Barcelona officials, for their part, believe Dembele should improve his lifestyle and diet to avoid injuries. This has already been an issue during his Blaugrana tenure.