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Barcelona’s record signing lasted just 23 minutes into his full La Liga debut

Ousmane Dembele limped off during the first-half and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

Well, that didn’t last long did it?

Ousmane Dembele – making his first La Liga start for Barcelona today – limped off after only 23 minutes into the first-half with a hamstring injury, as the Catalans narrowly beat Getafe 2-1.


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A club statement has read: “Ousmane Dembele has a hamstring injury in his left leg, more tests are needed to find out the extent of the injury.”

This could be a major blow for the Frenchman, who only made his debut for the club as a substitute in last weekend’s 5-0 win against cross-city rivals Espanyol, providing the assist for Luis Suarez’s late goal.

The former Borussia Dortmund forward cost the club an initial £97 million over the summer, which could rise to as much as £127m with add-ons.

Neymar, mk II

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Neymar, mk II

The 20-year-old made his full debut in the midweek Champions League victory over Juventus and kept his place along side Suarez and Lionel Messi for the Getafe game.

Dembele set-up Suarez in his full debut during the week

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Dembele set-up Suarez in his full debut during the week

In the end, it turned out to be a better day for another one of Barca’s expensive summer acquisitions, with former Spurs flop Paulinho snatching a late winner to send them seven points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table.

We still can’t quite believe that happened, to be honest.