Barcelona have been handed good news regarding Ansu Fati’s fitness ahead of the start of the 2020-21 La Liga season.
The club confirmed on Friday that 17-year-old forward is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hip injury in training
“One player who will not amongst those to feature against Nàstic is Ansu Fati. The Spanish international has a bruised hip following Friday’s session and he is out of action for the time being. His recovery will dictate his return.”
Fati will miss Barcelona’s pre-season friendlies against Nastic and Girona but is expected to be fit in time for the club’s opening La Liga game of the season against Villarreal on September 27.
According to Juan Jimenez at AS, the youngster suffered the injury in a training ground clash with defender Ronald Araujo but is only expected to miss 10 days. The injury is “not serious” which means he should be fit in time to face Villarreal.
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Big Season Ahead For Fati
The new 2020-21 season looks to be a big campaign for Fati. The youngster made the breakthrough into the first team last season and ended the campaign with eight goals in 33 appearances for the Catalan giants.
His form was rewarded with a call-up to the senior Spain squad where the teenager continued his record-breaking season by becoming the youngest player ever to score for La Roja.
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Fati is expected to play a big role under new manager Ronald Koeman. The forward is being tipped to play in a wide position as part of a 4-2-3-1 system under the Dutch coach at the Camp Nou.
More Disruption for Koeman
The injury to Fati brings more disruption to Koeman. The new boss has seen his preparations overshadowed by uncertainty over Lionel Messi’s future, while a host of players have been away on international duty.
Barcelona have also lost goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to injury. The German will miss the start of the season after having surgery to fix a knee problem. He’s not expected back in action until November.
Koeman will certainly be hoping Fati’s injury is not serious, although he’s unlikely to risk the youngster given he has plenty of options in attack. Francisco Trincao, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and Martin Braithwaite are all currently fit and available and will be hoping to impress in the forthcoming pre-season friendlies.