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The calvary that lives one of the jewels of Barcelona

By Fredi Roman

The calvary that lives one of the jewels of Barcelona

He was injured six months ago and had three operations

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Next May 7 will be six months since that play that ended the season of Barcelona's rising young promise, Ansu Fati. “The tests carried out this afternoon have shown that Ansu Fati has a tear of the internal meniscus of the left knee. In the next few days the treatment to follow will be determined”, informed the Barça team, through a medical report published on their social networks, at the end of the match against Betis for the ninth round of the championship. 

After that unfortunate action 30 minutes into the first half, in which he entered the area to finish off a low center by Jordi Alba and ran into Aissa Mandi's leg, the young man who had recently turned 18 entered a dark tunnel of the that it is costing him horrors to get out.

Two days after that medical report, the club announced: “Fati has been successfully operated on Monday for the injury to the internal meniscus of the left knee by Dr. Ramon Cugat and under the supervision of the Club's medical services. The approximate time of withdrawal will be four months”.

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But the process was not what was expected. He has been unemployed for half a year, he underwent three surgeries and everything seems to indicate that there will be a fourth in the next few days. "Soccer is my life and no matter how many obstacles there are, I will always have the illusion of continuing to fight for my dreams," he said in an emotional letter.

After being replaced by Lionel Messi (the Argentine entered from the substitute bench), and not leaving the second half that damn November 7, the Barça jewel underwent a first surgery that required five days postoperatively, something strange for the type of operation, in which 48 hours are stipulated for medical discharge.

From that moment on, they began to talk about their return, scheduled for March 14 against Huesca, their presence in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, which until then they did not even know that it was going to be PSG , and his call to the Spanish team to play the games against the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

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But all those assumptions were going to vanish two months after the first operation. Weeks after that intervention, the affected knee began to swell and cause significant pain (the suture had become infected), forcing Cugat to undergo a second surgery in January. Again in the process of rehabilitation. The games passed and Ansu continued to watch them from the stands next to the teammates who had not been summoned by Ronald Koeman, in turn, his work in the gym intensified with the intention of advancing with his recovery.

Ansu Fati will be operated again?

But a new setback was going to occur. The knee was not supporting the scheduled workloads. Fluid had been generated in the area and he had to enter the operating room again in March to have his meniscus cleaned and it was verified that the suture was not infected as the last time.

Ansu Fati has been inactive for six months and the club is considering the possibility of carrying out a fourth and final operation, according to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo. In this case Ramon Cugat will be on one side to make way for the doctor of the Portuguese team, Dr. Antonio Maestro, who next Thursday will put his hands on the footballer's damaged left knee, after reviewing it in recent weeks with Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, a Lyon-based knee specialist.

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