Barcelona forward butting heads with club on surgery decision

FC Barcelona and Ansu Fati are not seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to making a decision on what to do about his latest injury. The club is keen on having the striker undergo yet another surgery after picking up a hamstring injury in midweek, but the player is understood to be opposed to the idea.

The 19-year-old was forced to walk off the pitch in tears during extra time when Barcelona was eliminated by Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey earlier this week. Fati’s face made it clear that he knew his latest injury is serious and that some big decisions have to be made.

According to Marca, a meeting was held between Fati’s family and Barcelona’s medical team and coaching staff on Saturday. The discussion involved all the “pros and cons of having surgery,” but a course of action has not yet been finalised.

A final decision is expected to be reached by Monday, and it remains to be seen which side will have its way. Fati is understood to be physically and mentally down at the moment, especially with this latest injury potentially keeping him out for about three months. If he chooses to go under the knife once more, then his recovery time may be even longer, effectively ending his season.