Barcelona fears hamstring tear for Dembele

Barcelona fear hamstring tear for injured Dembele

Ousmane Dembele suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted in his first La Liga start for Barcelona during their clash with Getafe on Saturday.

Paulinho who arrived at the Camp Nou this summer, came off the bench to net the victor, to ensure their ideal start to the season continues.

But two substitutes, Suarez and Paulinho, both struck after the break as Ernesto Valverde's men continued to set the pace at the top of the table.

Getafe remain on four points and have now gone 10 LaLiga matches without a home win, despite a courageous performance.

Barca's fine start to the season means they already sit seven points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, whose game in hand is a testing away trip to in-form Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Getafe had a wonderful chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when a deflected Shibasaki cross fell for Molina at the far post, but the striker turned just the wrong side of the post as Barcelona survived another risky moment.

Ousmane Dembele was forced off the field with a suspected hamstring injury halfway through the first half and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

Barca struggled to get out of the blocks and the home side nearly took the lead when Gaku Shibasaki's cross to the far post was almost deflected into his own net by centre-back Gerard Pique.

Samuel Umtiti, meanwhile, powered a header at goal, but it was saved by Vicente Guaita.

Messi thought that he had levelled the scores in first-half stoppage time with a sensational free kick, but Guaita made an outstanding save to ensure that the hosts would take a one-goal lead into the interval.

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Valverde introduced Paulinho in his final change, but it was Getafe who nearly grabbed a shock victor when Mauro Arambarri's deflected effort bounced off the foot of the post.

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a late victor as Barcelona maintained their 100% record in La Liga by coming from behind to beat Getafe.

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