Luis De la Fuente, a Spanish coach, should have been celebrating one of his happiest days, but it turned out to be one of his saddest. During a match between Spain and Georgia (3-1) in the qualifiers for the Euros, one of the greatest Spanish talents, 19-year-old Gavi, had to leave the game in the 26th minute due to pain in his right knee. It was later revealed to be a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee, which the manager had feared after the match. The atmosphere in the dressing room after the match was somber, and Gavi’s injury was expected to be confirmed by the club during the day.
Additional tests will be conducted to determine the full extent of Gavi’s injury, but according to initial information, it is clear that he will not be able to play until the end of the season. This information has caused great anger in Barcelona, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the team is furious that Gavi had to play an irrelevant match for Spain, as they had already secured a place in the Euros earlier. Despite the frustration, the club may receive compensation from FIFA, which could range from four to five million euros.