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Ansu Fati drops a promising update on his return from injury

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Hamstring problems restricted the 19-year-old to just 15 appearances in all competitions last season.

Ansu Fati reckons he is ‘very close’ to returning to his previous heights at Barcelona.

An injury-plagued couple of campaigns has caused the Champions League’s youngest goalscorer in history to spend the bulk of his time sidelined.

Fati’s latest heartbreaking blow came in January when he sustained a relapse of his hamstring injury during a 3-2 Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Club, forcing him to miss the rest of the 2021/22 season after just 15 appearances.

‘I have my whole future ahead of me’

The Spain international, however, is back in training now and looking ahead to a brighter future.

“I’m working to achieve it and I have no doubt that with work and sacrifice I will achieve it,” Fati told TV3. “Right now I’m not 100 per cent, but I’m very close.

“It’s normal that when you come back from an injury, you play very cautiously. But that’s only the first minutes of the first game, then you forget it. Right now, I’m playing without fear.

“I know where I’ve come from and everything I’ve done to be here. I never thought about quitting. I’m very young, and I have my whole future ahead of me.”

Competition doesn’t faze Fati

The 19-year-old also welcomed the increased competition for places in the Barcelona attack, following the arrivals of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

“We are building a very good team, very competitive. The new signings will give us a lot throughout the season. They are great players who will help us,” said Fati.

“We have a very powerful forward line and a lot of competition. It’s very good for the team and the players that we can’t relax. We know that if we don’t work hard, we’re not going to play because someone else can take out place. This is good because it will always keep us on edge.

“This is a team that wants to win titles. We know that in recent years we’ve only won the Copa del Rey and that cannot be enough at Barca.”