Ansu Fati may need second surgery due to slow knee recovery
Barcelona winger Ansu Fati is reportedly not close to returning for Ronald Koeman’s side as he still has knee problems.
The 18-year-old was injured on November 7 and quickly went under the knife in an attempt to resolve the issue, hoping to return for the last 16 Champions League games with Paris Saint-Germain on March 10.
Fati was expected to be close to a return to light training at this point in the season, but AS claim the teenager’s knee is not responding well to any form of exercise and continues to push him pose real problems.
Barcelona were unable to step up their recovery plan as Fati’s knee swelled as soon as he tried to put significant pressure on it, so his return to action was postponed indefinitely while they are looking for answers.
The idea of returning to the surgeon has not been ruled out as Barcelona and Fati fear something may not be right in the winger’s knee.
The man who performed the operation, Dr Ramon Cugat, is said to have taken Fati’s recovery personally and is working with the player and the club every day to try to get to the bottom of this issue.
However, as it stands, it’s not clear to everyone involved what could be wrong with Fati, and with Barcelona reluctant to risk the long-term health of one of its most exciting graduates of all time. , they’re not even in the mood to get him back into action just yet.
Fati is expected to need the best part of a month’s return to training before he can take part in a competitive game, but the Spaniard will only be allowed to return once Barcelona are 100% convinced that it is safe to do so.
It’s not all a sadness for Barcelona as Cadena SER says Gerard Pique’s recovery from his own knee injury is going well and the center-back has made such good progress he may well return for the first leg against PSG on February 16. .
Barcelona are expected to push back Pique’s return date by a few weeks to ensure he is in perfect health, but the defender is said to be adamant he will return for this opener against the French team.
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