January 3, 2018 / 6:37 AM / 16 days ago

Soccer: Dembele ready to return for Barcelona

(Reuters) - Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele is set to return from a long injury layoff in Thursday’s Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo, the club has said.

Dembele, who joined Barcelona for a 105 million euro ($126.60 million) fee that could rise to 147 million, from Borussia Dortmund in August, made only three appearances for the La Liga side before rupturing his hamstring against Getafe on Sept. 16.

The 20-year-old French forward, who had a surgery in Finland, returned to training in December and received his medical discharge on Tuesday.

French soccer player Ousmane Dembele poses in front of FC Barcelona's giant logo at their offices at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files

Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona travel to Vigo for the first leg of their round of 16 Copa del Rey tie before hosting the reverse fixture at Camp Nou next week.

They will also return to league action with a home game against Levante on Sunday.

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Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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