Barcelona midfielder Ansu Fati suffered a setback on his return from injury, as reports in Spain indicate it will be in April at the earliest before he returns to the pitch at Camp Nou.
The 18-year-old is one of Europe’s highest-rated young wingers and had started the season with five goals in ten appearances before a knee injury forced him to face Real Betis in November.
The serious nature of the injury became apparent within hours of the game and it soon became apparent that he would need to have surgery to change the problem. This procedure was undertaken later in November and the initial prognosis was that he would be out for about four months.
As the season progressed, the Champions League second leg with PSG at Parc des Princes on March 10 became a target date, and earlier this week Barca boss Ronald Koeman voiced a cautious hope that it was on the right track – even if he was reluctant to do so. make promises.
On Tuesday he said (by Marca): “I hope he can participate [against PSG in France], but I’m not sure. Most importantly, he’s recovering well, but I’m not going to set a date. “
Sadly, reports that have since come to light suggest his cautious tone was well measured. SPORT and others say he was due to return to the training ground in early February, but his recovery is delayed, and that has not happened.
Acknowledging that the club are unwilling to commit to a date that would add pressure to the youngster, the consensus is that he won’t reappear until mid-April. He is due for another surgery soon and could go under the knife a third time depending on how things develop.
PSG of at least March 10 are now seen as an impossibility, which means Barca will have to face a tough last 16 game without one of their best forwards. However, they are in good shape – while they are ten points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, they remain unbeaten in the league in 2021 and have won their last five on the rebound.