It hurt a lot, but Ansu Fati (Guinea-Bissau, 18 years old) decided that he could continue on the pitch, at least a quarter of an hour more until the intermission of the duel against Betis. Then, he warned Koeman and the Barça doctors that he could not, distressed by the entrance he received from Mandi from behind that although it meant a penalty for Barcelona, it was also the beginning of his agony. Thus, the winger stayed in the booth, went through the shower and then through the MRI machine that the club has at the Camp Nou facilities. Diagnosis: torn left knee inner meniscus. Now, once he has been intervened this Monday at noon, he knows that the sick leave will be four months.
Concerned that the meniscus was not completely broken, but that it was torn and had a partial tear, Ansu and his family agreed with the Barcelona doctors to go to the specialist Ramon Cugat, who is the one who has operated on him at the Quirón clinic. The winger arrived at the compound with crutches and an immobilizing prosthesis, accompanied by his relatives and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Shortly after, it was decided to suture and not remove the meniscus because the end is very young and because its recovery is assumed to be good and fast, always meeting deadlines. Thus, he will be inactive for a couple of months -because the suture needs a physiological recovery process to close well-, then he will have to make an effort to regain all mobility of the joint and will start running. Then he will do a lot of isometrics work and work in the pool to end up on the sand field and touch the ball. “It was tough, but he knows that he will return and is encouraged,” they point out from the footballer’s environment.
At Barça they await him with open arms, a versatile footballer like few who was signing a spectacular start to the season, already with five goals and four assists, capable of breaking all records of precocity because for something he is the youngest to score with the Barça and the Spanish national team shirt, also in the Champions League. Now he will be unemployed for about four months and players like Dembélé, Pedri, Coutinho and Trincão must take responsibility for the goal, always guided by Messi and it is hoped that with the help of Griezmann, somewhat jammed in the shot. Coach Ronald Koeman, for his part, aspires in the winter market to a center forward like Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon), even though he knows that Barça must sell in order to buy. Ansu will see it from the gym and possibly also the knockout stages of the Champions League, as well as a good piece of the League. But it will come back.