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Ansu Fati returns to Barcelona training following hamstring injury

Jamie Spencer
Ansu Fati has missed most of the last five months through injury
Ansu Fati has missed most of the last five months through injury / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Ansu Fati has returned to training with the rest of the Barcelona squad this week after missing most of the last five months with a hamstring injury.

Fati had only recently recovered from a long-term knee injury that forced him to miss most of last season and the start of the current campaign, before he was sidelined again.

The 19-year-old scored three goals and registered an assist during his limited action in the autumn between injuries, highlighting the impact he is capable of having for the club. He also netted against Real Madrid off the bench in the Supercopa de Espana during a brief return in January.

Fati was able to take part in a session with the whole first-team squad on Monday and will combine continued training with his own individual recovery work.

There is no set time-frame for his return to the pitch in a game, although Barça seem to want to exercise caution and not push him too hard too soon in light of his injury record.

With Supercopa and Copa del Rey substitute appearances under his belt in January, Fati hasn’t played in La Liga since lasting 45 minutes in a 3-3 draw against Celta Vigo in early November.

His injury absence has ensured the youngster, who inherited the number 10 shirt vacated by Lionel Messi last summer, has only sparingly played for coach Xavi so far.

Fati signed a new contract in October that runs until 2027 and includes a buyout clause set at a staggering €1bn – the same clause as fellow teenager Pedri.

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