Ousmane Dembele will not be allowed to join his team-mates at Barcelona’s training ground after being de-registered as a La Liga player, media reports indicate.
Barcelona stars have been reporting to the training grounds and undergoing intensive COVID-19 testing as La Liga gears up for the restart.
However, the French star was not among the players who reported for tests. He is recovering from a ruptured hamstring that needed surgery.
ESPN claim that Dembele is recovering well from the injury but has been asked by the club to stay away from the rest of the squad as he has not been tested for coronavirus.
In February, Barca was allowed to make an emergency signing as cover for the absent Dembele. Martin Braithwaite was snapped upfromLeganes for £15 million. The signing meant that Dembele was deregistered for the rest of the season from La Liga.
Only registered La Liga players were tested and under strict virus protocols, Dembele is not allowed to step foot at the training ground.
La Liga rules prevent Dembele from Barcelona's training grounds as long as his replacement is still at the club. Barca are unsure when he will be permitted to rejoin the rest of the squad.
Dembele has struggled with injuries since his big-money move to Barcelona in 2017 and has repeatedly been linked with an exit from Camp Nou. The Premier League has been mooted as a potential destination for the forward, with Liverpool and Arsenal credited with an interest in 22-year-old.