Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati will be out until 2021, with Los Cules hoping for a March return after he underwent knee surgery.
The Spain international’s injury marred the Catalan giant’s La Liga win over Real Betis on Saturday
The 18-year-old suffered a torn meniscus during the 5-2 victory and went under the knife on Monday.
Barca had weighed up different treatment options for the teenage sensation, who has already scored five times this term, while emerging as a key player for Luis Enrique at international level.
Now they have confirmed that he has undergone surgery on his left knee.
They hope to have him back for the final three months of the season.
A club statement said: “The first team player Ansu Fati has been operated on successfully by Dr. Ramon Cugat for the injury to the internal meniscus of his left knee under the supervision of the Club's medical staff.
“The player will be out for approximately four months.”
Last season, in his debut campaign as a first-team player, Ansu Fati became Barca’s youngest-ever scorer in La Liga, the Champions League and became the youngest scorer in the history of the national side.
He had once more been called into La Roja's senior squad for their upcoming fixtures, but has been replaced by Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.
Barcelona hope to have him back for the Champions League latter stages, with the possibility of a return for the last 16, second leg.
Spain boss Luis Enrique will hope he can prove his fitness and is showing no ill-effect in time for next summer's European Championships.
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