Ansu Fati suffered a knock after winning a penalty for Barcelona against Real Betis in the first half, and was substituted at half time with Lionel Messi coming on for him. If that was not concerning enough for Culés, Barcelona provided a grave update about his injury.
The forward has suffered a torn meniscus. He will probably undergo surgery and be out for a couple of months. Many reports say that the 18-year-old will be out for three months at the bare minimum, but additional weeks of recovery could be on the cards.
This injury is a huge blow for Fati who had been enjoying an electric start to the season. After becoming Spain’s youngest goalscorer, Fati also became El Clasico’s youngest goalscorer ever. He is also Barcelona’s top scorer at the moment in the league with four goals compared to Lionel Messi’s three.
Moreover, Luis Enrique included Fati in his Spain team for the upcoming international break and praised his maturity as recently as yesterday.
Ronald Koeman will also have to compose without one of his best players as the season keeps getting more robust. Fati’s red-hot start to the campaign was one of the few positives Koeman had brought with him this season.
Without the youngster, who usually started on the left, the Dutchman has Pedri, Ousmane Dembélé and Francisco Trincao to fill those shoes. Konrad de la Fuente is a wildcard option, and could also receive a call and be rewarded with a start, especially after Koeman praised him during pre-season.
Source: Javi Miguel
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.