How many games has Man Utd Chelsea transfer target Dembele missed through injury?
According to ABC, the Old Trafford side are hoping to steal a lead on their London-based rivals by making an offer for the French winger this month, before the January window slams shut.
Barcelona have made it clear that Dembele will be sold this month if he doesn't sign a contract extension and should likely be willing to consider all offers for the player, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.
As such, it seems as though a major club may be willing to offer Dembele a convenient exit from the Catalan side.
Yet while winger is an outstanding player when fit, the forward has allowed injuries to dominate his time in Spanish football and before any club place a bid for the Frenchman in January they should consider just how much football he’s missed at Barca since joining the club in 2017.
The number of Barcelona games Demebele has missed through injury
When Dembele made the move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona for €105 million in 2017, he looked like a bonafide world beater.
The winger had previously bagged 10 goals and 22 assists in just 50 games for the Bundesliga side and would surely go on to greater heights with Barcelona. Unfortunately that hasn’t quite worked out.
Shortly after joining the Catalan club Dembele picked up a serious hip flexor injury that ruled him out for 20 games. Then, shortly after returning in January, Dembele then dropped out for another seven games with a hamstring injury. The 2018/19 season offered no more luck for the winger, as Dembele missed out on a total of 13 games with an ankle injury the following January, followed by another hamstring injury.
Unfortunately for the France international the 2019/20 season was even worse in terms of injuries, as further hamstring and muscle injuries ruled him out for a total of 40 games for Barcelona, rendering the player all but useless to the Spanish giants.
While the previous season was probably Dembele’s most fortunate, with just six games missed through injury, the winger spent much of the campaign looking off the pace and far from fully fit. Which explains why he rarely started for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Then disaster struck again. During Euro 2020 duty with France, Dembele picked up an unfortunate knee injury which ruled him out for the duration of the competition and the first half of the 2020/21 season for Barcelona.
52% - Since his Barcelona debut on 9 September 2017, Ousmane Dembélé has played only 129 of their 248 games in all competitions, totalling 7520 minutes (58 per game). Adios. pic.twitter.com/jJWCNmtsvR— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 20, 2022
That meant Dembele missed 16 games, before returning to full fitness for the club in late October. Then, before he could get restarted, Dembele picked up a hamstring injury that saw him ruled out for another 18 days. He also contracted Coronvirus at the turn of 2022 and missed another week of action.
In total, Dembele has missed an incredible 119 games for Barcelona through injury or illness since joining the club in 2017. Which works out at over 23 games missed per season for the Spanish giants.
He has played only 129 of their 249 games in all competitions.