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Ousmane Dembele in line for La Liga return against Levante

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde reveals that Ousmane Dembele is in contention to make his first start since returning from a lengthy hamstring injury.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could make his first start since returning from injury when his side host Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The 20-year-old arrived at Barca as a £96m replacement for Neymar during the summer but made only four appearances for the club before picking up a serious hamstring injury.

Indeed, the youngster sustained the injury during his first La Liga start, but four months later he could now be in line for his second following his return to fitness.

Dembele came off the bench during the 1-1 Copa del Rey draw with Celta Vigo in midweek and may be forced to settle for a substitute appearance again, although manager Ernesto Valverde insists that he is in contention to start.

"Everyone on the list has the possibility of starting," he told reporters.

"I have already said that we have to be careful with him because he has to get involved with the team's dynamics again."

Barcelona resume league duties following the winter break sitting six points clear at the top of the table and 14 above Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBarcelona38289199297093
2Atletico MadridAtletico382310558223679
3Real Madrid382210694445076
4Valencia38227965382773
5Villarreal38187135750761
6Real Betis38186146061-160
7Sevilla38177144958-958
8Getafe381510134233955
9EibarEibar38149154450-651
10GironaGirona38149155059-951
11Espanyol381213133642-649
12Real Sociedad38147176659749
13Celta Vigo381310155960-149
14AlavesAlaves38152214050-1047
15Levante381113144458-1446
16Athletic Bilbao381013154149-843
17Leganes38127193451-1743
RDeportivo La CorunaDeportivo38611213876-3829
RLas PalmasLas Palmas3857262474-5022
RMalaga3855282461-3720

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