Barcelona midfielder Gavi is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Spain‘s 3-1 Euro 2024 qualifying win against Georgia on Sunday, various sources have told ESPN.
A Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) spokesperson confirmed they have already transmitted the diagnosis to Barça, who will carry out their own tests on Gavi’s right knee Monday.
Gavi, 19, was able to limp off the pitch with Spain’s medical staff, but the expression on his face suggested he feared the worst.
The Spain players also seemed aware of the extent of the injury, with Barça teammate Ferran Torres celebrating his goal, which made it 2-1, by holding up Gavi’s No. 9 shirt.
“It was an important win to end the qualifying phase well, but it is a bittersweet feeling due to the injury to Gavi,” Torres said.
“Hopefully he can recover as soon as possible. We don’t know extent of the injury, we will have to see in the coming days, but knowing Gavi, what a warrior he is, we think it could be serious.”
Gavi has been a regular for Barça and Spain this season, missing only two games — both for his club — through suspension.
Pedri returned to action just before the international break after two months out, while De Jong is in line to make his comeback against Rayo Vallecano this weekend.
Spain had already booked their place at next summer’s Euro 2024 finals in Germany prior to Sunday’s match against Georgia, but still ended their qualifying campaign with a win at the José Zorrilla Stadium in Valladolid.
Torres restored Spain’s lead in the 55th minute and Lochoshvili completed the scoring, heading youngster Lamine Yamal‘s cross into his own net with just under 20 minutes remaining.