Ousmane Dembele is out for six months and will play no part at the European Championships this summer after Barcelona revealed his condition following surgery.
The £135million winger has been out of action since November and suffered another major injury setback earlier this week, prompting the decision to undergo surgery on his troublesome hamstring.
In a statement on Tuesday night, Barcelona confirmed the surgery, which took place in Finland, was successful but he will remain sidelined for six months, ensuring he will not play any part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad this summer.
‘The first team player Ousmane Dembele has successfully undergone surgery in Turku, Finland where he was operated on by Dr. Lasse Lempainen for a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh,’ the statement began.
‘The Frenchman will be out for around 6 months. The striker was continuing his recovery from the hamstring injury when he was forced to retire from a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva last week.
‘Subsequent tests confirmed a complete rupture to the tendon in the proximal hamstring of his right leg.’
In the 74 matches he has played for Barcelona, he has only completed the full 90 minutes on 10 occasions.
The France international is expected to face a battle to keep his place at the club in the summer with plans to re-sign either Neymar or Adama Traore or to develop recent Benfica recruit Francisco Trincao.