BARCELONA: Barcelona mentor Ernesto Valverde has said Ousmane Dembele is attempting to be fit to confront Manchester United one week from now and will miss Saturday’s top of the table conflict against Atletico Madrid.
Barca play Atletico at the Camp Nou on Saturday, when a success would abandon them 11 clear in La Liga. Atleti mentor Diego Simeone has said triumph for his side is the “main alternative” in the event that they need to remain in the title race.
There will at that point be brief period to recuperate for Barcelona, who face United at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the principal leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Dembele could miss the two amusements. He has not played since March 13, when he exasperated hamstring damage subsequent to going ahead as a substitute against Lyon.
“He won’t be accessible tomorrow and we don’t have the foggiest idea on the off chance that he will be on Wednesday either,” Valverde said in a question and answer session on Friday.
“We would prefer not to hazard him, either tomorrow or Wednesday, and after that have a more serious issue in the matches that are coming up. We will perceive how he is getting along. Without a doubt, tomorrow he will be out.”
Atletico have never succeeded at the Camp Nou under Simeone, their last triumph there coming in February 2006.
Be that as it may, with just eight matches left, even a draw this end of the week is probably going to abandon them with a lot of ground to make up.
“I am frantic for us to win,” said Simeone. “You can’t overlook the eight that Barcelona are ahead or express something else to what the table shows. Actually for us to get an opportunity, the main choice is to win tomorrow.”
Antoine Griezmann will be in the spotlight again after he dismissed a move to Barcelona the previous summer.
The Catalans could yet make a crisp offer toward the finish of the period and Valverde asked Barca’s fans not to sneer the Frenchman this end of the week.
“What I need tomorrow is for our fans to watch us, not the players of the restricting group,” Valverde said.
“Each player is allowed to settle on their own choice about their future, similarly that clubs choose who to approach or not approach.
“We must be cautious with Griezmann on the grounds that he is an incredible player. There is nothing more to it.”
Barcelona’s solid lead in La Liga has managed them some breathing space, with Valverde resting Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Be that as it may, in spite of the trek to Manchester United, he demands the amusement against Atletico is their first need.
“We will give it everything, notwithstanding realizing that we have a vital diversion coming up a while later,” Valverde said. “The most ideal approach to get ready for that coordinate is by doing great in this one.”
Atletico were given a lift on Friday, as Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata both prepared with the remainder of the squad. Morata sprained his lower leg against Girona on Tuesday while Costa grabbed a thigh strain a weekend ago against Alaves.