Just when Ansu Fati looked like he was getting into the groove at Brighton & Hove Albion, the Barcelona loanee suffered a hamstring injury last month which is now set to sideline him for a significant period.
The Spanish international had left Barça during the summer window and signed for the Seagulls on a loan after having failed to earn regular game time under Xavi Hernandez.
Things started off slowly for Fati in England, but he was starting to win the trust of manager Roberto De Zerbi, only for the injury to halt his progress.
There have been contradicting reports about Fati’s injuries, with some claiming that he could be out for two months while several others stated that he could be sidelined for three months.
Confirming the worst scenario, Brighton manager De Zerbi revealed that the young forward will indeed be out for three months.
As quoted by Sky Sports, De Zerbi said: “The news about Ansu Fati is, I think he needs three months from the day of the injury.
“It’s bad news for us because he was playing better, he was understanding better the idea. I’m sorry for him, I’m sorry for the team, especially now when Welbeck is not playing, Enciso is not playing.”
This essentially means that Fati will be out of action until late February 2024, or even March 2024, which would see him miss a chunk of matches for Brighton.
The aim for the 21-year-old must now to be to remain focused on his recovery and not lose heart, having gone through similar situations on a number of occasions already in his young career.