Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza has said that if Ansu Fati needs an extra couple of months to recover in order to return at 100 percent, he should do it.
There have been reports in the last few days that Ansu Fati has suffered a setback in his recovery from a meniscus injury, which has kept him out since November 7 and could see him miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
“I hope he recovers as soon as possible, but if he has to spend three or four more months [out in order] to recover well, then let him do it,” Mingueza told Esports COPE.
“Let him recover well, because he is very young and has many years ahead of him. That he doesn’t want to rush or play before he has to, that he recovers well with his knee, because I’m sure that with what he has already shown he will be a top player.”
Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia, who is a free agent in June, but Mingueza accepts that competition is part and parcel of playing for a big club.
“[Barcelona are] the best club in the world and we have the best players and the best reinforcements to have a strong team with good starters and substitutes,” he noted.
“We will fight to be able to play as many games as we can and at the end of the season the important thing will be the trophies we win together.”
Such has been their form in 2021 that Barcelona have cut Atletico Madrid‘s lead at the top of LaLiga Santander to just four points, having picked up 37 of the last 39 points available, and the 21-year-old is clear that putting as much pressure on Los Rojiblancos as possible has to be the Blaugrana‘s aim after the international break.
“Now we are focused on qualifying [for the latter stages of the European Under-21 Championship] with the national team and when we return we will continue working and fighting for what we want,” Mingueza stated.
“As I said when we were 12 points behind, as long as it is mathematically possible we will keep fighting until the end. We will fight not to lose any points and keep putting pressure on Atletico.”
Mingueza has been sharing a dressing room with Lionel Messi this season, and he has seen the Argentine in good spirits, despite the uncertainty surrounding his contractual situation.
“Since I came [into the first team] I’ve seen him very happy, involved with the team, wanting to win,” he noted.
“Before games you could see his attitude and that of the whole team. In the end we have formed a very good team and this attitude is the way to try to win a trophy.”