On Thursday night Barcelona emerged in the 2021/22 Copa del Rey as they lost 2-3 to Athletic Club later in extra time. The result comes once a week after the Catalans were knocked out of the Spanish Supercup at the hands of Real Madrid by the same points.
These results undermine the progress achieved under Xavi Hernandez. However, perhaps the biggest blow Thursday night at Barça came in the form of injuries to Ansu Fati.
The young player has been out of action since November due to a hamstring strain and returned last week to the semi-final of the Supercup, a game in which he scored a goal. However, the Spaniard appeared to have suffered similar injuries on Thursday night.
Fati got up while chasing the ball at the start of extra time against Athletic and walked out of the stadium in tears which is a pity. Now, the Catalan Outlet ARA reports that a La Masia graduate has also been injured and could look for another two months aside.
Further research will be done on the feelings of young people today after which a clear picture of their status and possible timeline will emerge. However, it is another brutal blow to Fati, who has been in a hell of injury for the past 18 months, having missed more than 60 Barça games.
The 19-year-old has only played ten times in all competitions this season, scoring five goals and an assistant. Hopefully, the injury is not as serious as it was initially feared and you can come back soon.
Apart from Fati, Xavi also revealed that players like Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, and Pedri scored goals against Athletic Club, although they are not serious ones.