18-year-old suffered knee injury during match versus Betis on Saturday
BARCELONA, Spain (November 2020) — Fútbol Club Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that young attacker Ansu Fati underwent surgery on his left knee after having torn the internal meniscus in the 5-2 victory in La Liga over Real Betis this past Saturday. The 18-year-old is expected to be missing from the Barça lineup for four months. Fati has been one of La Liga’s young standout players this season. He has played all ten games for Barcelona, scoring five goals and adding two assists.
Ansu Fati was operated on at the Quirón Clinic in Barcelona. The operation was performed by Dr. Ramón Cugat, who specializes in knee injuries, along with the medical department of the club. He remains hospitalised until Wednesday.
Ansu Fati was substituted at halftime, replaced by Leo Messi, who watched the first half from the stands. Fati collided with Betis defender Aïssa Mandi in the 33rd minute. He was treated and continued to play the remainder of the half. It was only after the game that the doctors confirmed the injury was more significant than they had initially thought. The collision with Mandi occured in the area, and the referee awarded Barça a penalty that was converted by Antoine Griezmann.