Barcelona fans are in need of a little good news; they’ve got it. Ansu Fati has returned to Ronald Koeman’s squad for tomorrow’s La Liga clash with Levante at Camp Nou. The teenager is expected to only feature for a short period, but his long-heralded return will be celebrated by everyone connected to Barcelona.
Not included in the squad is Frenkie de Jong, who was sent off during Thursday evening’s 0-0 draw at Cadiz. Koeman was also sent off during that game – an uninspiring contest that’s heaped further pressure on the Dutchman – and will sit in the stands.
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Fati was injured during a clash with Real Betis at Camp Nou last November. He’s since undergone several surgeries, but is finally beginning to return to fitness. Already a full Spanish international, Fati is a fleet-footed forward and will offer another element to Barcelona going forward when he does return to full speed.
Youngest Barça player in 80 years. Youngest Spain player in 85 years. Barça's and Spain's youngest ever scorer.
Youngest ever player to score & assist in a La Liga match.
Youngest El Clasico scorer.
Youngest UCL scorer.
Scored 11 goals from first 16 shots.
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“There’s a long way to go before he’s back to where he was,” Koeman said in pre-match conference in comments carried by Marca. “He won’t recover in two games or in two weeks. We have to be attentive to help him; the most important thing is that he recovers. It depends on his state. We have to work with the medical staff. We’re talking about a young man who will give us a lot of quality, but we have to go little by little.
“He’s very important,” Koeman continued. “First of all for him, we have a plan and we’re going to follow the plan to fully recover Ansu. He’s going to have a process to earn minutes. He’s been called up but he’ll play a maximum of 15 minutes. The most important things is that he recovers well, not fast.”