The first medical exams carried out by the Spanish Football Federation on FC Barcelona midfielder Gavi show that the midfielder has ruptured the ACL in his right knee according to AS.
If this is then confirmed by an MRI scan, it will mean anything between six to eight months on the sidelines for the 19-year-old, in what would be a major blow to the player, his club, and country.
Gavi would be ruled out for the rest of the season, where Barca are attempting to defend their La Liga title and improve on back-to-back failures to qualify for the knockout phases of the Champions League.
Furthermore, he would also miss the chance to play in the European Championships and the Olympic Games next summer for the first time in his career.
Gavi left the field limping and in tears after just 26 minutes had been played in Spain’s Euro 2024 qualifying clash with Georgia on Sunday evening.
With the game still being played, AS reported that while the Spanish Federation issued an initial, generic medical report that spoke of a “major injury”, it was able to learn that Gavi has torn his ACL with his knee having gone out of place during the eventual 3-1 win for La Roja.
The RFEF released a statement speaking of a “significant injury” to Gavi’s right knee but stressed that tests “to know the real extent of the injury” still needed to be conducted.
Gavi is still yet to undergo said tests, but Mundo Deportivo reported that those within the national team camp are “very pessimistic” and fear the worst in an ACL tear after the Barca number 6’s first exam.
According to RAC 1, the Spanish Football Federation has already confirmed Gavi’s injury to his club.
The bombshell development comes at a time when the Catalans have been majorly affected by injuries.
Head coach Xavi Hernandez has only just managed to recoup Pedri and Frenkie de Jong after long lay-offs, but now appears set to lose one of their main midfield partner’s who had played excellently in Pedri’s absence as one of the best players of the first team.
Without Gavi, Barca return to action on November 25 when they travel to Rayo Vallecano.