Ousmane Dembele made his return to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.
The 20-year-old, who tore his hamstring in his third appearance for Barcelona following a €105 million August arrival from Borussia Dortmund, played the final 20 minutes of Barça’s cup tie.
With the Blaugrana boasting a healthy lead at the top of La Liga, and through to the last-16 of the Champions League, the last thing their rivals wanted to see was the return of one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
“Recovering Ousmane is very positive for us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said before Thursday’s tie, per the Mail.
“He was injured when he was adapting, he is an important player, we have him for this month of January.
“We always want, in situations of these, that there is a small pre-season, but in competition that is not possible, it is what we have and we will have to adapt.”
Suarez and Mbappe reacted on social media
Hopefully now we get to see MSD - the acronym for Barcelona’s vaunted attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Dembele - in action for a prolonged period of time.
Dembele received a lovely reception upon his return by two teammates - Suarez and fellow France international teammate Kylian Mbappe - on social media.
Suarez posted an image on his Instagram Story of Dembele as he was about to come on, writing: "He is back 👏💪”.
Paris Saint-Germain's Mbappe took to Twitter to write: “He’s back 😍✊🏽 @Dembouz”.
Mbappe also reacted on Instagram.
Watch: Dembele's highlights
Dembele boosts France's World Cup hopes
With Mbappe and Dembele in the same side, it’s hardly surprising that France are among the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia.
Didier Deschamps’ team is absolutely stacked, with class in every area.
Just how do you choose between Mbappe, Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Nabil Fekir, Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial in attack?
Every nation would love to have such a long list of talent.
As for how Dembele’s return leaves Barcelona, their chances of winning the Champions League for the first time since 2015 have received a big boost.
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