After a sensational start to the season, scoring five goals and two assists, while bagging the La Liga Player of the Month for September, Ansu Fati hit a huge roadblock against Real Betis. The 18-year-old ran into the box to collect a grounded cross from Jordi Alba and encountered trouble as Aissa Mandi fouled him in the box, which resulted in a penalty for Barcelona.
While it looked like a normal clash between an attacker and a defender, it turned out to be far from it. The initial shock for Culés came when he was subbed off at half-time for Lionel Messi after an impressive half. Later, in an official statement, it was confirmed that the Fati had, in fact, torn his internal meniscus – a serious knee injury, which requires treatment more often than not.
The decision to get surgery was not delayed as the youngster was keen on making a full recovery, and returning to action, which is more than what can be said for some players at the club. After the operation today, Barcelona confirmed in an official statement that the player is expected to be out for nearly four months.
LATEST NEWS | Ansu Fati has successfully undergone surgery for the internal mensicus injury in his left knee; the operation was performed by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the Club's medical services.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 9, 2020
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This comes as a massive obstacle for Ronald Koeman, who had just started to find his ideal attacking quartet in the team, with Fati as the cornerstone of it. He will have to look for other ways to cope in the next four months, instilling his trust in other young players like Fransisco Trincao, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, and if push comes to shove, Konrad de la Fuente.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.