Barcelona striker Ansu Fati opts for ‘conservative’ treatment for injury rather than surgery

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – FC Barcelona Training – Camp Nou, Barcelona, ​​Spain – January 3, 2022. FC Barcelona’s Ansu Fati during training. REUTERS/Nacho Twelve

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Barcelona striker Ansu Fati will not undergo surgery after suffering an aggravation of an old leg injury and will opt for a “conservative” treatment plan, the club said on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old was injured during Barcelona’s 3-2 extra-time loss in the Copa del Rey on January 20, his second appearance for the team after returning from a two-month spell on the sidelines.

“The first team player Ansu Fati will follow conservative treatment to recover from the injury to the proximal tendon of the femoral biceps of the left thigh. The evolution will determine his availability,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Fati, who received the number 10 shirt worn by Lionel Messi when the Argentine left for Paris Saint Germain, comes from the Catalan club’s academy but his career has been hampered by injuries.

“Unfortunately I am having to live the worst part of football, but I will never give up,” the player said on Twitter.

He underwent four operations to repair a knee injury sustained in November 2020.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, translated by Tomás Cobos. Editing by Javier Leira)

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