In a blow to the Spanish team, Gavi (19) was forced to leave the qualifying match between Spain and Georgia (3-1) in the Euros due to pain in his right knee. The fear of a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament was confirmed after the game by manager Luis De la Fuente (62). The atmosphere in the Furia dressing room was festive, but that quickly changed as news of Gavi’s injury spread.
According to Mundo Deportivo, there was great anger in Barcelona over the situation. The 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. They could potentially receive a consolation prize of four to five million euros as compensation from FIFA.
The injury is a major blow to Spain’s chances of winning the tournament, as Gavi has been an integral part of their attacking lineup. He will be out of action until the end of the season, leaving his teammates to fill his shoes. It remains to be seen how Spain will cope without their young star, but one thing is certain: this has been a difficult day for all involved.