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Barcelona’s rising star Ansu Fati suffered a new injury during his team’s elimination from the King’s Cup by Athletic Bilbao, after losing 3-2 after extra time in an exciting match yesterday, Thursday.
The striker, who returned to play after a two-month absence due to a muscle injury, took part in the second half, but was forced to leave after minutes of extra time at the San Mamés stadium, affected by the same injury he suffered in November 2021.
Barcelona said today, Friday, “Ansu Fati has injured the muscles of the left thigh and will undergo tests to fully determine the problem,” and Spanish media speculated that he would be absent for between 4 and 6 weeks.
Fati, who inherited the No. 10 shirt from Lionel Messi after the Argentine striker left for Paris Saint-Germain, rose from the junior sector of the Catalan club, and struggled to play after 4 surgeries due to a left knee injury in November 2020.
Yesterday’s match was his tenth of the season. Fati starred with Barcelona at the age of 16, when he became the second youngest player to participate in the history of the Spanish First Division.
He quickly established himself as the youngest player to score a goal in the Champions League and with the Spain national team as well.
Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League group stage and from the King’s Cup final price, and is ranked sixth in the league, 17 points behind leaders Real Madrid.