Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati will undergo surgery after tearing his meniscus in the club’s 5:2 La Liga win over Real Betis. The 18-year-old forward was subbed off at half-time in the course of the game at Camp Nou.
The club via the manager Ronald Koeman told reporters after the game that he had suffered damage to his left knee: “Fati had some discomfort in the first half and we replaced him at half-time so as not to take risks”
Fati is scheduled to undergo an operation on Monday. After this is done, the club will disclose more details about how long he will be out of action to ensure a full recovery.
A club statement read: “The first team player Ansu Fati will undergo surgery [on] Monday for the injury to the meniscus in his left knee by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the club’s medical services.
“Once this intervention is completed, new communication will be provided with information on the result and the approximate time of withdrawal.”
The youngster has been in fine form this season and is one of the bright lights in what has been an average start to a season by Barcelona. Before the win on Saturday, the club hadn’t won in four games.
The win shot them to 8th on the log with 11 points from 7 games, although they are nine points behind current leaders Real Sociedad who have played two more games.
Meanwhile, in La Liga, only Lionel Messi has attempted more dribbles than Ansu Fati with 48 to 28, and he’s the only player to have created more chances for the side with 13 to Fati’s 9.
It can be recalled that Fati was called up to represent the Spain national team for this month’s international matches against the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. However, he has now been replaced by Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio as a result of the injury.