Gavi Faces Extended Sideline with ACL Injury at Barcelona
|Spain's midfielder #09 Gavi celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 group A qualification football match between Norway and Spain at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway, on October 15, 2023 (Image-Getty)|
Barcelona midfielder Gavi is set to undergo surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a devastating blow that will keep the 19-year-old Spanish international sidelined for several months. The injury occurred during Spain's 3-1 victory over Georgia, causing Gavi to leave the field in tears after twisting his knee. An MRI scan later confirmed the damage to his right knee and the torn ACL.
Known for his spirited play and determination, Gavi holds a special place among Barcelona fans. The club expressed the impact of his absence, stating in an official statement, "Gavi's spirit and determination on the field are what defines him as a player, and he gives absolutely everything in a Barca shirt. For that reason, his injury is a big blow for all Barca fans, and here is a chance to send him a message of support."
Gavi's significance extends beyond the club, having made a mark as the youngest scorer at last year's World Cup in Qatar, reminiscent of Pele's achievement in 1958. Spain manager Luis de la Fuente, addressing the unfortunate situation, remarked, "It is a very difficult moment for Gavi, Barcelona, the national team, and for me, it seems as if we have lost the game. This is the ugly part of football. I am very sorry. This is the most bitter victory I have ever experienced in my life."