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Friday, March 15, 2019, 14:00
Barcelona's Dembele out 3-4 weeks because of muscle injury
By Associated Press
Friday, March 15, 2019, 14:00 By Associated Press

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, center, controls the ball as Real defender Dani Carvajal, right, and midfielder Luka Modric try to stop him during the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Feb 27, 2019. (MANU FERNANDEZ / AP)

BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona says forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for up to a month because of a left leg muscle injury, putting in doubt his availability for the Champions League quarterfinals.

Dembele was a second-half substitute as Barcelona routed Lyon 5-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 on Wednesday, scoring the fifth goal at Camp Nou Stadium

Dembele was a second-half substitute as Barcelona routed Lyon 5-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 on Wednesday, scoring the fifth goal at Camp Nou Stadium.

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The team says tests on Thursday show a ruptured muscle, and the player will need three to four weeks to recover.

The first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals begin on April 9.

Dembele has been a regular in the starting lineup. The Frenchman has 14 goals with Barcelona this season, three in the Champions League. He hadn't scored since a Spanish league match in January.

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Barcelona is entering the final period of the Spanish league, where it has a seven-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid.

It will face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final in May.

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