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Barcelona Star, Ansu Fati to undergo Knee surgery

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The star forward was replaced in Saturday’s win against Betis at half-time and needs an operation.

Ansu Fati is to undergo surgery on the torn meniscus that he suffered in the 5-2 victory over Real Betis in Barcelona.

In Saturday’s competition at Camp Nou, the 18-year-old forward was replaced at half-time and Barca later announced that he had suffered damage to his left knee.

Coach Ronald Koeman told reporters after the game, “Fati had some pain in the first half and we substituted him at half-time in order not to take risks.”

Fati is now expected to have an operation on Monday, after which Barca said that further information about the potential duration of his absence would be published.

“A club statement read:” The first team player Ansu Fati will undergo surgery [on] Monday by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the guidance of the club’s medical services for the injury to the meniscus in his left knee.

“Once this intervention is done, information on the outcome and the estimated time of withdrawal will be given in the new correspondence.”

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So far this term, Fati is Barca’s top scorer in La Liga, having scored four times in seven games, though he was also on target in the Champions League’s 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros.

His form was a bright point in Barca’s inconsistent start under new boss Koeman, who had seen his side struggle to win four on the bounce in La Liga before the Betis victory. With 11 points from seven matches, the Catalan giants are now eighth in the table, nine points behind the Real Sociedad champions, who have played two more games.

In La Liga for Barca in 2020-21, only Lionel Messi, with 48, tried more dribbles than Fati’s 28, while the club captain is the only Blaugrana player to build more chances (13) than the return of nine by his team-mate.

For this month’s international matches against the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany, Fati was called up to the Spanish squad, but has since been replaced by Marco Asensio of Real Madrid in the wake of his injury.

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