Tag: Ousmane Dembélé
Barca will be hoping to lift the mood and minimise the chances of what would be a disastrous second slip in the La Liga with Messi back in the squad.
Ousmane Dembele's medical test shows a 'fibrillary lesion in the left thigh femoral biceps' resulting in a hamstring injury.
Bayern are considering Ousmane Dembele in case first choice Leroy Sane is too expensive.
The Frenchman will need time to recover from a hamstring injury and may be unable to face Liverpool in Friday's Champion League.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were given the day off in the defeat against Celta Vigo in anticipation of the return leg of the Champion League against Liverpool.
Barcelona, bidding to win the trophy for a record fifth year in a row, books their place in the final at the Benito Villamarin stadium, the home of Real Betis.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde reiterated Messi would play at San Mames only if he is fit.
Dembele will miss both legs of Barca's Copa del Rey quarter-final with Champions League-chasing Sevilla.
Dembele put hosts into the lead after just nine minutes when he lashes home on the rebound after Messi's first-time shot pushes into his path by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco.
Media reports have linked the 21-year-old with a move away from the Nou Camp during next month's transfer window.
Villarreal, meanwhile, stay 17th, with the pressure mounting on coach Javier Calleja, who has overseen only one league win since September.
The 21-year-old France international has struggled to fully adapt at Barca since signing from Borussia Dortmund.
Gerard Piqué criticised Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembélé's lack of discipline.
Lionel Messi will replace Ousmane Dembélé in Barcelona's team that will play against Real Betis.
Messi's eighth treble in the competition takes him above the record of seven he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo to sit unmatched at the top of the list.
After a difficult first season at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembélé has begun the current season well.