Ansu Fati to miss Barcelona pre-season

The young winger will continue his recovery in Madrid, as he has been doing since his latest operation

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Ansu Fati yesterday underwent the pre-season medical checks alongside team mates Marc André Ter Stegen, Ousmane Dembélé, Philippe Coutinho (who is also recovering from an injury), Sergiño Dest, Gerard Piqué, Miralem Pjanić, Riqui Puig, Neto, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti. These are the ten first team players called up for the 2021-22 pre-season. They will be joined later by the players who represented their respective nations in this summer's international tournaments, including the European Championships, the Copa América and - as is the case of Pedri, amongst others - the Olympic Games.

However, it seems that the Barça academy graduate will not be seen regularly at the club's training ground this summer. As revealed by journalist Marta Carreras on Catalunya Radio's 'Tot Gira', Fati will continue his recovery in Madrid, as he has been doing since his fourth and most recent operation in early May. This operation was carried out by the lead doctor of the Portuguese national team, José Carlos Noronha.

The Guinea-born forward has been living in a hotel in Madrid since this operation. He has not taken any holidays, and instead has been putting in double training sessions to try and get fit for the start of the domestic season. The club has already confirmed that the four injured players will continue with their respective recoveries before resuming first team training. It seems that Ansu Fati will complete his recovery away from the group and the Joan Gamper Training Ground - at least for the beginning of pre-season.

Ansu Fati ruptured the internal meniscus of his left knee on 7 November 2020 in a LaLiga Santander match against Real Betis. After a first operation carried out by doctor Ramon Cugat, it was predicted that Fati would reach full fitness within four months. Six months and four surgical procedures later, the forward is yet to rejoin first team training.

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