In a devastating blow for both Barcelona and the Spanish national team, talented midfielder Gavi faces a long spell on the sidelines.
Gavi is set to miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and suffering an associated injury to the lateral meniscus. The injury occurred during Spain’s 3-1 victory over Georgia on Sunday.
In the Georgia game, Gavi came off midway through the first half following an awkward landing. It came moments after a collision with Georgia defender Luka Lochoshvili. He reported back to Barcelona on Monday and underwent tests, which revealed the extent of the damage.
In an official statement, Barcelona confirmed Gavi has suffered a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee. The 19-year-old also has an associated injury to the lateral meniscus.
Barcelona stated, “The player will have surgery in the coming days after which a new medical update will be released.”
How long is Gavi out?
The club did not provide a specific timeframe for Gavi’s recovery. Yet, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the midfielder is expected to face at least seven months on the sidelines. This raises doubts about his participation in Euro 2024 and the Olympic Games with Spain next summer.
The impact of Gavi’s absence is significant, considering his regular contributions to Barcelona. He has started 13 out of 15 appearances in all competitions and emerged as a key player in the absence of injured midfielders Pedri and Frenkie de Jong. His performances have included two goals and one assist.
Spain coach Luis de la Fuente termed the injury “unfortunate”, but clarified that it wasn’t due to overplaying Gavi.
“He hadn’t played before the international break because he was suspended, he was fresh and in great shape. There was no problem,” said De La Fuente after the Georgia game.
Barca return to action this Saturday away to Rayo Vallecano in LaLiga.
🇪🇸 Due to ACL plus meniscus injury, the expectation for Gavi is to be out at least for 7 months but it could be up to 8/9 total months.
He’s expected to miss Euro2024 too — back for the pre-season 2024/2025. pic.twitter.com/sR88o4hg1o
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 20, 2023