This season has seen the emergence of several promising young stars at Barcelona, with 18-year-old Ansu Fati being among them.
Last season, Fati scored eight times as he made 33 appearances across all competitions. This included becoming the youngest ever player to score a brace in La Liga when he netted twice for the Blaugrana in a 2-1 win over Levante, and naturally, hopes were high that he'd enjoy a more successful sophomore campaign at Camp Nou.
In October, he became the youngest goal-scorer in El Clasico history as he grabbed Barca's consolation goal during their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid. However, his progress has been stalled lately due to a series of injuries, which resulted in him undergoing knee surgery in November.
Unfortunately, he hasn't fully recovered from that operation, and now there are reports that he's set to have another procedure performed later this month. His knee issues have restricted him to just ten appearances across all comps, but he still managed to score five goals - which is a pretty solid return given his drastically reduced game-time.
Fati initially was expected to be back four months after his previous procedure on November 8, but he's struggled with his rehab process and so hasn't seen live action since featuring against Real Betis on November 7th - when he suffered his knee injury.
With this latest surgery, the 18-year-old will obviously be out for the rest of the season - but there's another huge disappointment in store: He'll also miss the upcoming EURO tournament.
Back in August 2020, Fati received his first call-up to the senior Spanish side, and there were hopes that he'd be among the 26 players selected by Luis Enrique. Regrettably, that won't happen for the youngster this time around, and fans will have to wait a bit longer to see what he can do for La Roja in future tournaments.