Barcelona's Ansu Fati will miss Inter Milan game due to growing pains

Ansu Fati will miss tonight's game versus Inter Milan

Barcelona appear to have a real gem in young winger Ansu Fati.

The Spaniard has made quite a name for himself this season with the Blaugrana, scoring two goals in his five La Liga appearances.

Those stats may not appear to be that great, but when you factor in that he is still just 16, they are pretty darn phenomenal.

In the absence of Lionel Messi, Fati has arguably looked Barca's most dangerous attacker - along with fellow La Masia graduate Carles Perez.

Luis Suarez looks unfit and out of sorts, Antoine Griezmann is taking time to adjust and Ousmane Dembele seems to be permanently on the treatment table.

Fati in action vs Granada

So when it was announced that Fati would miss tonight's crucial Champions League tie at home to Inter Milan, fans were understandably concerned.

And the reason behind his absence from the squad at the Camp Nou tonight is a stark reminder of just how young the teenage sensation is.

Mundo Deportivo report that Fati is struggling with his knee due to growing pains.

That's right, one of the stars of Barca's season so far is still getting the same growing pains you and I were struggling with in the final years of secondary school.

Fati celebrates vs Valencia

Fati is being carefully managed by the club's staff in order to prevent burnout.

The last thing they want to do is overwork the supremely talented youngster and disrupt his breakthrough season with a serious injury.

But while he will be missed against Inter, Ernesto Valverde should have the luxury of being able to recall both Messi and Dembele.

However, issues will persist in defence, with summer signing Junior Firpo ruled out.

Firpo will also miss the game vs Inter

With Jordi Alba still injured, Sergi Roberto or Nelson Semedo will have to deputise on the opposite flank.

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