Ousmane Dembele in doubt for Barcelona-Lyon after hamstring injury


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"FC Barcelona medical services have confirmed that after tests the first-team player Ousmane Dembele has a slight hamstring strain in his left leg", a statement read.

Rayo, who have now lost their last 12 games against Barca, took a shock lead midway through the first half when forward Raul de Thomas - who is on loan from Real Madrid - ran past two defenders before arrowing a shot into the bottom corner.

Unfortunately for Rayo they couldn't hold on until half time with Gerard Pique getting his head on the end of a Lionel Messi free kick, heading the ball home to get Barca back on level terms.

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Incisive winger Dembele helped Barca to a 3-1 win after coming off the bench with the team struggling to break down the La Liga minnows, with Coutinho failing to provide any spark or combine with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Record signing Philippe Coutinho started instead of Dembele but yet again failed to dovetail with Suarez and Messi in attack and missed the target with both chances which fell his way.

Barcelona stayed seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which beat Leganes 1-0. This team is so loaded in the final third but they've had to dig in and come back in a bunch of games like against Rayo last weekend and Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.

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Barca coach Valverde also emphasised how tough the match was.

"I give a lot of value to every win, it's important to keep stringing together victories".

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