Barcelona players show support for affected teammate Ousmane Dembele by wearing his shirt on the field before it collided with Getafe, despite being ridiculed for the same gesture when he was out for just a month in 2017
- Barcelona players put on Ousmane Dembele shirts prior to the Getafe competition
- Stars including Lionel Messi wore the number 11 shirts backwards in Nou Camp
- It comes after the Catalan club has been ridiculed for doing the same in 2017
- Dembele is excluded for six months after a hamstring crack in training
Barcelona players have put on Ousmane Dembele shirts prior to their game with Getafe to support the affected attacker who has been excluded for six months.
Stars like Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann wore the number 11 shirts backwards when they went on the field at the Nou Camp.
It comes after the club has been ridiculed for doing the same in 2017 when the Frenchman was only injured for a month.
Stars including Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann wore the number 11 shirts on the field
They walked out of the tunnel with the shirts on their back for their game against Getafe
Barcelona’s French defender Samuel Umtiti is wearing the jersey in support of Ousmane Dembele
The 22-year-old was out of service with a thigh injury since November and again suffered a major setback in training last week.
He flew to Finland for surgery, but has been excluded for six months with a hamstring tear.
In a show of support for the younger tweeted Barcelona FC: ‘# CourageDembélé. Hold your head up, Ousmane! “
La Liga English added: “Not just a club, a family.”
Dembele, 22, has been out since November (photo) and suffered another injury last week
In addition to Dembele, Luis Suarez is also on the sidelines for a longer period, meaning that Barcelona no longer has options to attack.
Boss Quique Setien reacted yesterday to the constant speculation about attempts by his side to use a new striker to cover the injury-stricken forward line.
The club is negotiating with the Spanish football authorities about whether they can sign a contracted player this month.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has insisted that his team adapt to their injury crisis
And Setien, who recently took over the boss from Ernesto Valverde, has remained challenging about his ability to adapt, regardless of the circumstances.
He said: ‘Everyone wants to be better than they can be, but we will adapt to what there is. We will see if they allow us to sign. What I have done all my life is to adapt to what I have.
‘If a better player arrives, because Dembele’s injury has disrupted us a lot and puts us in danger, but you always have a plan because we are playing with eleven. We will find the solution and the safe path. “
This season the Catalan giants are without star attackers Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona had to get their B-team in Rey Manaj for the Getafe match in La Liga, and Setien says the Albanian striker can help the team.
“He’s a player who can help us,” he added. It takes a while and has an adjustment period, but we involve different players in the training every day and they enter the first team. “
The Rodrigo striker from Valencia was the club’s main target in January, but Sportsmail it turned out that their attention was switched to Getafe, forward Angel after they failed to make a deal.
Reports in Spain claimed that the La Liga champions also focused on the Girona striker Cristhian Stuani.