Barcelona megastar Dembele limped out of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Getafe with a thigh injury.
The £97million summer season arrival from Borussia Dortmund used to be introduced in as a substitute for the departed Neymar.
But Barca boss Valverde now faces an expansion headache with the 20-year-old anticipated to be sidelined for 4 months.
There is fear Barca’s three-pronged ahead assault, which additionally comprises Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, would possibly need to be reformed within the wake of Dembele’s injury.
But Valverde insists the workforce’s set-up can stay the similar with out the France global.
“We have quite a lot of gamers, (Gerard) Deulofeu, Aleix Vidal, Denis (Suarez), Andre (Gomes),” the boss stated.
“We will search for possible choices to play within the first XI.
“We will additionally take Barca B under consideration.”
Dembele will fly to Helsinki the next day to seek the advice of a consultant about his injury.
He is anticipated to be dominated out till the New Year.
Dembele used to be changed by way of Deulofeu, who best re-joined Barca from Everton in the summertime for £10.5m.
Gomes, in the meantime, is unfastened to depart the membership in January, whilst each Denis Suarez and Vidal had been in the marketplace.
Barcelona B recently sit down 9th the Spain’s 2nd tier, with Argentine ahead Anthony Lozano having netted two times for the membership.
Dembele got here off after feeling his leg throughout the fit with Getafe and his remaining act used to be a back-heel within the some distance nook of the pitch – one thing that can have additional annoyed his injury.
“He’s a participant who hasn’t ever had a muscular drawback, he has no revel in of recognising in case you have a small niggle,” Valverde added.
“To do a back-heel is the worst, probably the most competitive, factor you’ll do to the hamstring.
“It’s no longer standard however it may well occur. A extra skilled participant possibly would have let the ball pass out.”
Barcelona face 13th-placed Eibar in La Liga the next day and Valverde is anticipating a detailed stumble upon.
“It’s a distinct recreation to what we now have had up till now,” he stated.
“They will attempt to press us up prime up. They’re a workforce who scouse borrow ownership so much on opposing grounds and who learn the second one ball rather well.”