Ansu Fati is looking at a comeback in the decisive Bayern Munich match


Barcelona’s winger Ansu Fati has told coach Xavi about his desire to play against Bayern Munich on December 8, even though he is not fully fit.

Xavi’s team enters that match with the knowledge that they will probably need a victory against the undoubtedly scariest team in Europe to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with Benfica able to skip them to second with a victory at home against bottom team Dynamo Kiev.

The enormity of the Bayern game is clear, and according to Catalunya Radio, it has not been lost for Fati, who has informed Xavi that he wants to be available for selection even if he is not 100% healthy.

The young winger returned from a knee problem earlier this month only to injure his hamstring almost immediately after. A six-week recovery period was proposed, which would exclude Fati from this match.

But behind the scenes at Camp Nou, there is a certain cautious optimism that Fati can actually be ready for the match. He is already out training on grass and is believed to be sure he can get back to Bayern.

Xavi is keen to get Fati back and it will be fascinating to see if he chooses to risk the youngster, who has been plagued by injuries for the past 12 months but is one of Barcelona’s best forwards when he is in shape.

Fati has only started four times so far this season but has still managed to score four goals in all competitions, which proves his importance for the squad.

Those responsible hope that he will be back for Bayern, but there are real fears about taking another risk with the 19-year-old, who is desperate after a constant number of minutes to shake off his long injury problems.

Barcelona lack figures in attack without Fati, especially as Xavi has shown little confidence in striker Luuk de Jong or winger Philippe Coutinho during his short time in charge.

Tuesday’s goalless draw with Benfica saw young midfielders Gavi and Nico use each side of Memphis Depay, while academy stars Ilias Akhomach and Ez Abde both saw important minutes in recent weeks.

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