Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele have handed Barcelona a massive injury boost ahead of their Napoli clash
Barcelona will welcome Napoli to the Camp Nou for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, looking to capitalize on a 1-1 draw from the San Paolo.
Indeed, the Catalan giants find themselves in a perfect spot to seal a place in the competition’s quarter-finals for the 15th time in the last 16 years.
But, Quique Setien’s injury-plagued squad faltered badly towards the final stage of the 2019/20 La Liga campaign, having ended up surrendering the league crown to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Lifting the Champions League trophy after a five-year drought could salvage an otherwise underwhelming season for Barcelona.
According to Football Italia, Barca’s claim for the most prestigious club title in Europe has received a massive boost, as Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele returned to training.
📷 | Dembele, Griezmann and Lenglet in training today🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/TKHUn9fBA8— BT Media (@BT_Snaps) July 28, 2020
The star duo has been spotted practicing separated from the rest of the squad, but there’s a growing hope they could be fully fit by August 8.
Griezmann skipped the final two rounds of the previous La Liga season due to a thigh injury but is expected to return to full fitness in time for Napoli’s visit.
Meanwhile, Dembele has not featured for Barcelona since picking up a disastrous muscle injury in November 2019.
Overall, the French winger has endured an injury-riddled career at the Camp Nou since completing a blockbuster move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
Yet, the 23-year-old winger could not have timed his return to action better, as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez desperately lacked a prolific partner lately.