Ousmane Dembele's agent, Moussa Sissoko, has denied reports the French forward flew to Senegal after Barcelona's 1-0 La Liga defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
The Barcelona star reportedly covered up an injury suffered in the match and then slept on a sofa in Bilbao Airport before flying to Senegal for the weekend, according to Javier Miguel at AS.
Sissoko told Mundo Deportivo (h/t AS) that the reports are untrue and spoke about the player's condition after the match.
"It's not true, he didn't travel to Senegal. He was in Rennes in his mother's house. I assure you 100 percent," he said. "After the game, he thought they were cramps."
Barcelona announced on Monday that Dembele will miss the next five weeks after being diagnosed with a hamstring injury:
Dembele played all 90 minutes against Athletic at San Mames. An 89th-minute winner from Aritz Aduriz saw the champions open the defence of their La Liga title with a defeat.
Dembele's injury leaves Barcelona light on options in attack. The club sold Malcom to Zenit St Petersburg in August and have seen Philippe Coutinho join Bayern Munich on a season-long loan:
The injury is also a further setback to Dembele in what has been an injury-interrupted time at Barcelona. He has been sidelined for long spells in his first two seasons and faces more time out of action.
Football writer Zach Lowy detailed how many games Dembele's missed for Barcelona:
There is no doubting Dembele's talent when he is fully fit, but the amount of injuries he has suffered since joining Barcelona will be a source of frustration for the club and may test their patience.