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How FC Barcelona’s Ansu Fati is still being impacted by injury

FC Barcelona winger Ansu Fati is still feeling the effects of his injury woes.

Still only 19, Fati burst onto the scene several years back and was one of the most promising young talents in Europe.

In 2019/20 he scored seven and assisted one in 24 La Liga outings for La Blaugrana.

He then had a superb start to 2020/21 which saw him score five and assist four in just 10 outings.

However, he was then injured in a 5-2 win over Real Betis. Said injury was a Meniscal Laceration and kept him out from November 8 2020 to September 9 2021, missing 47 games for Barcelona and the European Championship with Spain.

Since returning from that major injury, Fati has continued to struggled. He missed three games due to fitness on his return before then suffering knee and hamstring issues over the course of 2021/22 for a total of 25 games.

This meant Fati made only 15 appearances for Barcelona last season but he was still able to score six and assist one.

But whilst he is not missing games through injury, his game is being impacted by all of his injury issues.

As per Sport, Fati has most of his physical parameters close to the levels before his injuries occurred. However, in terms of speed, he is lacking a little bit.

The report goes on to claim that the Spaniard is trying to avoid taking on defenders in 1v1 situations as it puts a lot of stress on the muscles and the rhythm and intensity required for that are still not there.

Fati would also prefer to play through the middle as a No. 9 rather than a left-winger at the moment, as it would mean lesser physical exertion for him.

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