MADRID, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — There was good news for FC Barcelona on Tuesday when young forward Ansu Fati completed his first training session with the rest of the Barca first team squad.

It was the first time the 18-year-old Spain international, who many see as the natural successor to Leo Messi at the club, has been able to complete a full session with his teammates since damaging the meniscus ligament in his left knee in Barca’s 5-2 win at home to Betis on November 7th last year.

At first, Fati was only expected to be sidelined for four months, but problems with his recovery, including an infection, mean he needed a total of three operations, with his recovery dragging on for six months longer than expected.

Although he will not be able to play in this weekend’s home game against Getafe, if things continue as planned, Fati is expected to be able to play some part in Barca’s visit to Sevilla in the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium following the international break on September 11th.

On Monday night, Erik Lamela’s injury time goal gave Sevilla a 1-0 win away to Getafe to take them top of LaLiga ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference. After just two games in the new season, Sevilla and Atletico are the only two sides in Spain with a 100 percent record.