Ansu Fati has endured another injury-ravaged campaign at Barcelona, ​​but the 19-year-old striker is set to make his long-awaited final comeback after being named in Xavi’s squad to face Real Mallorca.

The highly-rated Spain international has spent the last three months out of action, with an embarrassing hamstring complaint preventing him from playing a part in the Blaugrana’s plans.

A decision was made at the end of January not to send him under the knife again, after undergoing several knee operations, and the hope is that the youngster is now free of any lingering fitness issues.

Is Ansu Fati back at Barcelona?

Barcelona have revealed that Fati will be part of their squad for a home fixture with Mallorca on Sunday.

When did Ansu Fati last play for Barcelona?

A talented graduate of Catalonia’s famed La Masia academy has unfortunately grown accustomed to spending time in the treatment room in recent years.

He made just 10 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season, scoring five goals.

That return has been matched in the current campaign, but the hope was that he would feature more prominently for a side that has at times struggled for consistency – leading to club legend Xavi’s return as manager after the sacking by Ronald Koeman.

Barca have five games left in the 2021-22 campaign, with Fati eager to see as many minutes as possible.

His last competitive outing came on January 20 at Athletic Club, with the teenager lasting just 35 minutes in that contest after being substituted off and on in the same game.

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