We have to recover Fati mentally – Xavi

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Mueez Ajao

– Barcelona coach Xavi has said his club will make a specific plan to ensure that Ansu Fati does not get hurt again after the forward injured his hamstring.

– Barca will decide on Monday if Ansu is to undergo surgery after sustaining a tendon injury in the left hamstring during Thursday’s 3-2 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

– “We have had a meeting with the family and on Monday we will have a meeting with Ansu and the club doctors to make a decision,” Xavi said in Saturday’s news conference.

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– “It’s a recurring injury. It’s out of our control. We will now get an exhaustive and specific plan in place to ensure that he never gets injured again.”

– Ansu, 19, had only returned to action on Jan. 12 after being sidelined since November with a hamstring injury.

– Earlier this season, the Spain international came back from a serious knee injury.

– “It’s a pity,” Xavi said. “He had just recovered his confidence and was doing well. He is very affected.

– “We need him, we have lost an impressive footballer, so it affects us all but most of all, Ansu.

– “We have to recover him mentally and make him forget about the injuries.

– “We have to be positive and hope that he doesn’t get injured anymore.”