Barcelona’s Fati elects to avoid surgery on hamstring injury

January 25, 2022 GMT
Barcelona's Ansu Fati reacts after Barcelona's Pedri, not seen, scored his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Barcelona's Ansu Fati reacts after Barcelona's Pedri, not seen, scored his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Barcelona's Ansu Fati reacts after Barcelona's Pedri, not seen, scored his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Barcelona's Ansu Fati reacts after Barcelona's Pedri, not seen, scored his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Barcelona's Ansu Fati reacts after Barcelona's Pedri, not seen, scored his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona forward Ansu Fati will follow a conservative recovery plan to treat his left hamstring injury, the club said Tuesday.

Barcelona and the player have opted to avoid surgery and his recovery time should be reduced. The club did not say how long it expects Fati to be sidelined.

The 19-year-old Fati had to be replaced in the first half of extra time in the 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey last week.

“Unfortunately I’ve been enduring the worst part of soccer,” Fait said on Twitter. “But I’ll never give up.”

Fati has played sparingly this season because of a series of injuries. He returned to action last week after being sidelined since November.

He has five goals in 10 games this season. He was a second-half substitute against Athletic.

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