The day that should have been full of joy turned into one of the saddest for Spanish coach Luis De la Fuente (62) and his team. During a match between Spain and Georgia (3-1) in the qualifiers for the Euros, talented young player Gavi (19) was forced to leave the game in the 26th minute due to pain in his right knee.
According to Marca, there were fears that Gavi had suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, which was confirmed by the manager after the game. The atmosphere in the Furia dressing room was somber, and it is expected that Gavi’s injury will be confirmed by the club during the day. Additional tests will be done, but it is already clear that he will not return to play until next season.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo reported that there was great anger in Barcelona over the situation. The Catalan club is upset that their player had to play in a match that was irrelevant for them as they had already secured a place in the Euros earlier. They could potentially receive a consolation prize of between four and five million euros as compensation from FIFA for their star player’s injury.