Barcelona striker Ansu Fati is expected to be sidelined for about four months after undergoing knee surgery on Monday, as the club confirms in a statement.
“Ansu Fati has been operated on successfully by Dr. Ramon Cugat for the injury to the internal meniscus of his left knee under the supervision of the Club’s medical staff. The player will be out for approximately four months.”
The 18-year-old suffered the injury during Barcelona’s 5-2 win against Real Betis on Saturday, as he came off at half time and was replaced by Messi after the challenge from Aissa Mandi inside the area.
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The youngster Fati has scored five times and added two assists in 10 games so far this season, while also scoring his first goal for Spain last September as he holds the record as the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team and Barcelona.
Fati being out for 4 months for his recovery will rule him out of Spain’s upcoming games against Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany.
This gives a huge blow for Ronald Koeman’s men, as Barcelona is bound to face a difficult fixture against the unbeaten Atletico Madrid starting right after the international break on November 21.
However, Barcelona remain in good form to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a win over Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros as they visit before finishing off atleast with a home tie against Juventus.
Fati’s injury would giveaway more playing time for Ousmane Dembele, Francisco Trincao, Pedri, and Philippe Coutinho.