By Tim Stannard
Barcelona fans wait on news from Ansu Fati's surgery for torn meniscus to see how much time the young Spaniard will miss
For just over year, Ansu Fati's soccer professional life was a dream - from making a debut for Barcelona at the age of 16, to becoming a starter alongside Lionel Messi and a number one pick for Spain.
However, Monday sees Ansu Fati learning that life does what it tends to do from time to time, and that's give a swift kick in the special place just to balance out the good with the bad.
The Barcelona forward undergoes surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus on his left knee. It's an injury that could see the player who has just turned 18 out of action for a period of between three to five months - that's either until February or even April for those struggling to keep track of time these days.
It is a huge blow for both the player and club with Ansu Fati consistently one of the most effulgent players for Barcelona over a troubled 12 months for all, having scored five and given two assists in all competitions this season.
Theoretically, the impact to Barcelona should be limited as the forward line is the area where Ronald Koeman's side is at its strongest with the Dutch coach able to call on Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Francisco Trincao and even America's own Konrad de La Fuente, who could see more playing opportunities now.
However consistency from one or more of these players this season has been the big problem for the Camp Nou club.
The Sports Burst live show will bring you the latest news from Ansu Fati and another wild weekend in LaLiga at 12PM ET on Facebook live and our beIN XTRA channel.
Oscar Garcia becomes LaLiga's first sacking of season
Better late than never.
Normally LaLiga sees its first managerial sacking by at least the end of the first month, but it has taken to November 9 and nine match days for the first firing.
The unlucky gentleman in question is Celta Vigo's Oscar Garcia. Three months ago, he was given a new two-year deal, however, on Monday morning Garcia was fired just before the training session with Celta Vigo sitting just a point above the relegation zone and still without a win this season.
Remarkably, it is the 13th season in a row that Celta has sacked a coach and the 16th firing under the stewardship of current club president, Carlos Mourino, who has been in charge for 14 years.
Viva LaLiga at 8PM ET will look back at what has gone wrong for Celta Vigo this season while Monday Night Soccer at 9:30PM ET will break down a wild weekend in LaLiga which saw Real Madrid and Barcelona involved in 11 goal games between the two.
Mane and Salah in action this week on beIN SPORTS
A new international break is upon the world of soccer, but it is set to be complicated and disrupted by the continuing rise of Covid-19 cases, lockdowns, quarantines and also players reaching breaking point due to a packed schedule of international and domestic soccer.
South America continues its 2022 Qatar World Cup qualification, Europe has friendlies and Nations League games while Africa continues its qualification for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, although the tournament itself will not take place until January 2022.
And this is where beIN SPORTS steps in with extensive coverage of the Match Day 3 and 4 rounds beginning from Wednesday with Sadio Mane in action for Senegal. There is a double dose of Liverpool teammates (but perhaps not BFF) with Mohamed Salah on duty for Egypt.