The doctor who operated on Ousmane Dembele’s hamstring in September has today revealed that the French winger could return ahead of schedule.
Following months of speculation, Dembele finally completed his long-anticipated move to Barcelona in August for a club-record fee potentially rising to almost 150 million Euro.
20-year-old Dembele enjoyed a stellar season for Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in 2016/17, cementing himself as one of world football’s most coveted young stars.
A return of 10 goals and a staggering 21 assists in his debut campaign left Europe’s top sides scrambling for the services of the wing wizard, with La Liga giants Barca having sought out the Frenchman to replace Neymar, following his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, in a huge blow to the Catalans, Dembele managed just 3 appearances for the club before rupturing his hamstring during a La Liga clash with Getafe, with the Frenchman having gone under the knife to repair the damage on September 19th.
Barca originally announced that Dembele would be sidelined for around 4 months, with the possibility that he would return to the pitch this year viewed as highly unlikely.
However, in what will no doubt come as music to the ears of Blaugrana fans, Sakari Orava, the surgeon who operated on Dembele, has today revealed that the Rennes youth product is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
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Speaking in an interview with La Graderia on Catalan SER radio, Orava was questioned on the possibility that Dembele could be fit for the first Clasico matchup of the season, set to take place on the 23rd of December:
‘Possibly, but only possibly. I cannot guarantee it.’
He added that Dembele ‘can start working with the ball again in the middle of November’ and that there is little risk of a recurrence of the injury, as long as the youngster sticks to his recovery schedule:
‘The risk is not very high. He is a young lad, the injury is healing quickly and correctly and as long he takes it easy until December, everything should go well.’