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UEFA: Barcelona unlikely to play Dembele

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head has said he will not put his injured French at risk in the second leg of round of 16.

The Frenchman will not play against Olympique Lyonnais, as he is yet to recover completely from a

is set to host at on Wednesday. Dembele's participation is doubtful after he sustained a slight hamstring during his side's 3-1 win on Saturday over Rayo Vallecano.

"If he will not be fit then he will not be included in the list," told the press at the club facility in the Catalan capital.

The will take a final call after the training session later in the day, reports news.

"Yes, it is a decisive match, but we cannot take a chance to lose a substitution," the added.

said there is no favourite for Wednesday's clash in fact it might go to extra time if the first leg's 0-0 draw is any indicator to the second leg.

"(Lyon) has fast and powerful players," he said, adding: "It is a squad used to taking initiative in the league (France's Ligue 1)...

"Lyon's play is a thing that cannot be changed from one day to the next. I imagine that they realize the value of scoring an away goal and that they will give it a try.

"This means that there will be surprises... They are a great team and will focus on winning, just like we will," Valverde added.

Valverde said Lyon's attacking is ready to play, after he missed the first leg. "Fekir will pose a threat to Barcelona's goal with his finesse and shooting talent."

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 09:22 IST
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