One of the conclusions that could be drawn from the game against Bayern is that Barça does not bite. For the first time in its history in the Champions League, the Blaugrana team finished the game without shooting between the three sticks.. Ronald Koeman could only field two forwards: Memphis and newcomer Luuk de Jong. The reason? They were the only ones he had. At the end of the game, both from the bench and from the dressing room, the return of Ansu Fati was claimed as fundamental.
Koeman faced the game against the German giant with a list of injured in the attacking line that mediated the line-up. Braithwaite was the last to fall and will have to undergo surgery and his return is not expected until next year, Dembélé is still out after his Eurocup injury with France, Kun Agüero has not yet made his debut after injuring himself in the soleus the day before show up at the Gamper. But above all of them, the SOS launches in search of Ansu Fati, the player who two seasons ago appeared as the light to cling to in attack and that after a series of bad medical decisions he has been in the dry dock for 10 months.
The player has now started to work with the group, but is not expected until October after suffering a new slowdown in his recovery.
Who more or who less within the club had put in red on the calendar the date of Monday, September 20, when Barcelona play at home against Granada, as the ideal one to see the young forward again on a soccer field. In this sense, TV3 on Wednesday was betting on this circumstance.
As AS made known a week ago, the prudence that both doctors and technicians are managing the recovery of the young forward This has been joined by a slowdown in rehabilitation in recent days, which has forced the handbrake to be put on initial expectations.
The irrefutable proof that Fati still has a way to go to be discharged is that he was not in the friendly that the team played last Wednesday against El Prat. An excused absence from the locker room because Ansu “He has yet to add many more training sessions to play.”