Ansu Fati is arguably one of the hottest youngsters in world football, and it's precisely for this reason why the footballing world watched on in concern when the Spaniard limped off the pitch in tears just over a week ago.
The 19-year-old battled a nine-month injury layoff last year due to a serious knee injury only to pick up a hamstring issue shortly afterwards. Upon recovering, the Barcelona talent was dealt another setback, this time suffering an injury relapse in his hamstring in the Catalan giants' recent Copa del Rey defeat against Athletic Club.
Initially, a three-month absence was touted for the teenager. However, according to Marca, the Blaugrana graduate could mark his return sooner than that.
The Spanish publication claim that in an attempt to manage this difficult fitness situation, the player and his entourage analyzed other footballers who also suffered an injury to the proximal tendon of the left biceps femoris. As a result, it has been decided that Fati will be out for 60 days, which is the typical recovery period for this issue.
As pointed out in the article Rodrygo, Dani Carvajal, Facundo Roncaglia, and Sergio Canales suffered similar problems. All but the Real Betis player needed in and around two months to recover, with the 30-year-old La Real ace returning in an exceptionally-fast 42 days.
Ansu, who opted for conventional treatment over surgery, looks set to miss several key games nonetheless. Next month's home clash with Atletico Madrid is out of the question, but the Furia Roja ace could also be ruled out for the Clasico showdown with Real Madrid in late March. Additionally, his availability for April's clash with Sevilla is also under a cloud of doubt.