Ansu Fati returns for Barcelona after 322 days absence

Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati is finally back for FC Barcelona!

The Barcelona’s new number 10 was included in the squad that will face Levante on Sunday.

The inclusion of Ansu is the only change from the 0-0 draw with Cádiz on Thursday.

Ansu Fati has been out of action since the game with Betis on 7 November 2020. That’s ten months or 322 days since he was last included in a squad.

His return is a huge boost for the team. Since making his debut in 2019/20, he has scored 13 goals and given three assists, beating a number of age records and quickly establishing his name as one of the brightest prospects in world football.

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However, Koeman has stressed that he will only play for a maximum of 15 minutes.

“It is very important [to have him available again], first of all for the player,” Koeman noted.

“We have a plan and we will follow a plan to get Ansu back to his best. He will go through a process to get minutes.

“He has been called up and will play a maximum of 15 minutes. The most important thing is to get the player back properly, not to rush things.

“There is a long way to go before he is like he was before. You don’t get that back in two games or two weeks. We have to be careful,” Koeman warned.