BARCELONA – Ansu Fati will undergo surgery on Monday by Dr. Ramon Cugat for a ruptured internal meniscus in his left knee, which he suffered on Saturday during the game between Barcelona and Betis, and will be out for between two and four months, to lack of confirmation of the result of the intervention to know the exact state of the damaged meniscus.
Author of five goals in ten games and a key player in Barça’s schemes at the start of the season, the forward’s absence will mean a serious setback for Ronald Koeman’s plans, who had him in the starting team in eight games, adding 591 minutes on the pitch and whose loss will have to solve with Dembélé, Pedri and Trincao as band players.
If Ansu’s absence were only for two months, he could lose up to eleven league matches, in addition to the three remaining in the group stage of the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup. In the event that his withdrawal lasts until March, the League matches that he would stop playing could reach 20, in addition to the Spanish Super Cup, the theoretical knockout round of the Champions League round of 16 and the first Cup tie King.
Barça announced this Sunday the operation, an arthroscopy, through a statement in which it announced that it will be performed “under the supervision” of the entity’s medical services and realizing that it will be after it that approximate data will be offered recovery time and its timing, which will depend on whether the meniscus is completely removed, whether it is only sutured, or only part is removed.
There is, a priori, confidence that, taking care of the youth of the striker, the meniscus can be saved, with which it would be sutured and in that case, waiting for its healing, we would speak of a total loss period of approximately four months, With which Fati would not be in a position to return to the pitch until well into the month of March, available for the final part of the season.
In the event that a part of the meniscus is removed, or it in its entirety, the recovery period would be shortened by about two months, until mid-January, although this solution, which would be taken if it was discovered during the intervention that it is very damaged, it seems the least desirable by doctors, more favorable to the footballer to maintain the meniscus.