Ansu Fati’s doctors have decided to send the Barcelona forward for a meniscectomy to remove the internal meniscus in his left knee. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, the meniscectomy will be performed on Thursday and will be carried out by the doctor of the Portuguese national team, José Carlos Noronha. The expected time out is six to eight weeks, so he will be able to start pre-season with the rest of his Barcelona teammates, scheduled for mid-July.

Thursday will be his fourth surgery in just six months, having gone under the knife for the first time in November 2020. None of his previous operations, performed by surgeon Ramón Cugat, put an end to his knee problems. The main objective was to preserve the original meniscus, with doctors aware that the removal of the meniscus would pose a risk to his career in the long run. 

Fati has played just 10 times for Barcelona this season, featuring seven times in LaLiga.

Given his excellent form before, and his impressive debut for Spain, the 18-year-old would potentially be preparing for Euro 2020 with Spain this summer, however the meniscectomy will rule him out of this year’s tournament as well as the Olympic Games.