Talk about a stuttering start.
Ousmane Dembele’s injury in considerably worse than many first thought.
The 20-year-old Frenchman is facing up to four months on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in his first La Liga start for Barcelona.
Reports first suggested that the £97millionforward would be out for as long as two months.
However, the club have confirmed via their official website that Dembele is expected to be on the sidelines for between three-and-a-half and four months.
The ex-Dortmund starlet ruptured the tendon that connects his left thigh to the bone during Barcelona’s 2-1 win over getafe.
He is due to have surgery with Barcelona set to fly in in a specialist from Finland.
Dembele had made his debut in the 5-0 thrashing of Catalan rivals Espanyol and notched a late assist for Luis Suarez.
And his full debut came during the 3-0 win over Juventus, where his contribution was minimal.
But this was his first La Liga start — and it lasted until the 29th minute when he pulled up after chasing a ball into the left-hand corner.
Paulinho scored his first goal for the club to ensure Barcelona kept their 100% league record.
Yet, losing their most-expensive player ever will no doubt be a massive blow.
Get well soon, Ousmane.