According to the first investigations, the 19-year-old Barcelona footballer has a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee, reports the Spanish daily As. If further tests confirm the diagnosis, Gavi will have to rest for six to eight months.
The midfielder was injured early in Sunday’s match at Valladolid after landing awkwardly after diving to control the ball. He left Zelenica in tears. After the match, the Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente talked about “serious injuries” and “the bitterest victories of his life“.
Gavija will now be examined in detail in Barcelona. The injury also shocked Gavi’s teammates. Ferran Torres held his teammate’s shirt after scoring to make it 2-1.
The footballer, who was chosen as the best young player in the world in 2022, was one of the key footballers of the Spanish national team. This secured victory in the group ahead of Scotland.
Despite his youth, the match against Georgia was his 27th international match for the national team. He scored five goals.