Barcelona have confirmed young prospect Ansu Fati has undergone surgery for a third time in a bid to clear up his meniscus injury once and for all.
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.
Fati has since hit countless setbacks, including a nasty knee infection which delayed his progress even further, and after a second operation failed to ease the pain, it was decided that the teenager may need a third which would remove the meniscus in his knee and bring an end to this lengthy saga.
Barcelona have now confirmed the procedure, releasing a statement that reads: "After traveling to Porto, Ansu Fati has undergone a check-up arthroscopy in his left knee by Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha, under the supervision of the Club’s Medical Services. The player will continue with his recovery process."
Should all go according to plan, Fati is now expected to miss a further two months of action, meaning he can kiss his chances of representing Spain at the European Championship goodbye.
However, missing out on the tournament should allow him to return for the start of next season, when Fati will be champing at the bit to make up for lost time.
Fati has been watching Barcelona enjoy a fantastic resurgence in 2021. Ronald Koeman has led his side right back into the La Liga title picture, with some seeing them as favourites to go on and secure the trophy.
Koeman and president Joan Laporta expect the team to be competitive from the get-go next season, and the return of Fati would obviously aid that cause.