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When Barcelona expect Ansu Fati to return from injury

Robbie Copeland
Apr 13, 2021, 11:30 AM GMT+1
Fati has been out since November
Fati has been out since November | Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Young Barcelona star Ansu Fati can envisage returning to football for the first time in months after finding alternative treatment to a serious knee injury.

The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young wingers in Europe and had started the season with five goals in ten appearances before a knee injury forced him off against Real Betis back in November.

The serious nature of the injury came to light hours after the match and it became apparent he would have to undergo surgery to amend the issue. That procedure was completed later on in the month, and the initial prognosis was that he would be out for around four months.

As the season wore on, the Champions League second leg with PSG at Parc des Princes on 10 March emerged as a target date, and early in February, Barça boss Ronald Koeman expressed a cautious hope that this was on track - though he was reluctant to make any promises.

"Hopefully he can participate [against PSG in France], but I am not sure. The most important thing is that he recovers well but I am not going to set a date." Koeman said at the time, quoted by Marca.

Ansu Fati
Ronaldo Koeman had hoped Fati would return in March | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Unfortunately, Fati did not return to action against PSG, and the Catalan giants crashed out of the Champions League as Kylian Mbappe put Koeman's side to the sword.

Fati faced the prospect of undergoing a third surgical procedure on his knee, as his rehabilitation and extensive treatment plan had not worked out as planned. The young Spanish star desperately tried to avoid going under the knife again, amid concerns that completely removing the meniscus from his knee could lead to complications later on in his career.

However, RAC1 report that a new treatment is starting to work wonders, and Fati will travel with the Barcelona squad for the Copa del Rey final with Athletic Club on Saturday.

Fati won't feature in the final and won't be risked until he's 100% again. He's still likely to miss the rest of the season and could miss out on a place in Spain's squad for Euro 2020, but the latest news coming from his camp is at least positive.