Barcelona drop Ousmane Dembele from squad after training no-show

Ousmane Dembele 'goes AWOL' from Barcelona training

Ousmane Dembele 'goes AWOL' from Barcelona training

Ousmane Dembele's troubled spell at Barcelona grows more turbulent still as the Frenchman has been dropped from this weekend's squad for the La Liga clash with Real Betis.

Messi endured an awkward fall when colliding with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez in the 4-2 win on October 20 and fractured his arm in the process, ruling him out for three weeks.

But Dembele was notable by his absence following reports he failed to show for training on Thursday, having not notified the club he was suffering with gastroenteritis. The talent that Dembele has is hard to find and we have to help him take advantage of it.

The full squad is: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Denis Suarez, Rafinha, Malcom, Luis Suarez, Munir El-Haddadi and Lionel Messi.

But asked if Messi was ready to play 90 minutes, Valverde replied: "We will see, but he's lost his fear of falling or struggling against an opponent".

"Everyone who is selected is in good shape", Valverde said.

"It is true that we are looking after Marc, but he's available for the game against Betis".

"But we still need to do better in some of the situations we are creating".

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