Barcelona CONFIRM teenage sensation Ansu Fati is out for FOUR MONTHS after having operation on knee injury that forced him off at half-time in La Liga victory over Real Betis
- Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has had an operation on a meniscus tear in his knee
- Boss Ronald Koeman expects the 18-year-old to be out of action for four months
- Fati was taken off at half-time in the 5-2 home victory over Real Betis on Saturday
- Barcelona’s top Liga scorer led the line while Lionel Messi started on the bench
Barcelona striker Ansu Fati has had surgery on the meniscus tear that is expected to keep the 18-year-old prodigy out of action for four months.
The teenage Liga top scorer for the Spanish giants was substituted at half-time after showing obvious pain during the first half of Barca’s 5-2 win against Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Asking fans to wish the Spain sensation a speedy recovery, a club statement said: ‘Ansu Fati has successfully undergone surgery for the internal mensicus injury in his left knee.
Barcelona have been floored by a long-term knee injury picked up by teenage starlet Ansu Fati
18-year-old Fati has proven the Liga side’s top scorer this season but will now be out until 2021
‘The operation was performed by Dr Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the Club’s medical services.’
Starting his first full season as a senior player, Fati scored twice in five minutes in the first half of Barca’s first match of the season as they beat Villarreal 4-0 at the Camp Nou.
Fati has scored five times and added two assists so far, starting while all-time top scorer Lionel Messi began on the bench against Betis after picking up a knock.
Messi scored twice after coming on and fellow striker Antoine Griezmann also netted in the second half despite missing a penalty.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman had already been worried by an injury to talisman Lionel Messi
Newcomer Fati’s recovery will also rule him out of Spain’s upcoming games against Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany.
Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio has replaced him in the national squad, with whom he became the youngest player to score for Spain courtesy of a goal against Ukraine last month.
Barcelona face two difficult fixtures without Fati after the international break, starting with a trip to unbeaten Atletico Madrid on November 21.
They can then all-but seal qualification for the Champions League knockout stages with a win at Dynamo Kiev, although the Ukrainian side gave them a scare as Barca eventually won 2-1 in the reverse fixture last week.
Fati had helped his side establish a 1-0 half-time lead against Real Betis before being taken off
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