Barcelona’s Fati out for four months after knee surgery

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Barcelona striker Ansu fati will be out for four months after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, the Catalan club have confirmed.

Fati, 18, was forced to a halftime stop in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Real Betis and was treated by Dr Ramon Cugat at a Barcelona clinic on Monday.

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The injury had already ruled Fati out of Spain’s upcoming games against Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany after being named to Luis Enrique’s squad last week. that of Real Madrid Marco asensio was called in his stead.

Barca, meanwhile, will be without Fati until March, starting with his trip to unbeaten Atletico Madrid after the international break on November 21.

Fati had made an excellent start to the season after establishing himself as a regular under new coach Ronald Koeman. He has scored five goals in 10 appearances across all competitions and also recorded two assists.

In his debut campaign in the 2019-20 season, he became Barca’s youngest goalscorer in La Liga, youngest Champions League goalscorer and youngest player to score for the Spanish national team.

Ansu’s loss will be softened by the return of Philippe Coutinho after the international break. The Brazil international has missed Barca’s last four games with a hamstring injury but could play against Atletico.

Koeman also has several other attack options, including Lionel messi, Antoine Griezmann, Pedro, Ousmane Dembele and Martin braithwaite.

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