Since early November, the 18-year-old has been out of action with his last run from a 5-2 win over Real Betis.

Ansu Fati goes under the knife again

Ansu Fati has failed to recover from a severe knee injury, putting his involvement in the last-16 Champions League heavyweight championship clash with Paris Saint-Germain into serious doubt. Since early November, the 18-year-old has been out of action with his last run from a 5-2 win over Real Betis. Another exciting product of the famous La Masia academy system flourished during that phase, with five goals recorded through 12 appearances. Having broken through to Spain’s senior team, great things were expected from the talented youngster. But impressive progress was stopped in its tracks. It was reported that Fati was forced to go under the knife again for further surgery to ensure his full recovery.

The youngster’s problem represents a blow to Barcelona’s immediate plans

Sources indicated that this is not the case as there has not yet been a second operation. Still, it has been confirmed that Fati is experiencing knee discomfort and that further treatment has been undertaken. So, it is unlikely that a return to action will be made anytime soon. And that represents a blow to Barcelona’s immediate aims. With big games going tight and fast for Ronald Koeman’s side. An away LaLiga date with Real Betis is set to take place on Sunday before attention then switches to the Copa del Rey semi-finals and a clash with Sevilla. The Blaugrana will be keen to maintain a title bid on track when they play host to Alaves on February 13. That fixture is coming three days after the first match against PSG. And Fati is not expected to participate in any of these contests.

Barça initially hoped that a hot prospect would return to the training pitch by the end of January. But that has not been the case. Avoiding surgery will be a welcome bonus as it will almost certainly bring youngster’s 2020-21 season to a close.