The situation of the Spanish Gavi is serious. This Monday (20), Barcelona announced that the midfielder suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, in addition to an associated injury to the lateral meniscus. The player will need to undergo surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
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The Spanish press reported that Gavi’s recovery time should be between six and eight months. Therefore, the 19-year-old player should no longer play this season, and could be left out of the European Championship and also next year’s Olympic Games.
Gavi felt his knee after a challenge and was left lying on the pitch during Spain’s 3-1 victory over Georgia in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, last Sunday (19). After being treated by doctors in Spain, the athlete returned to the field of play, but felt it again when he tried to control the ball in a new move.
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According to the newspaper ‘Mundo Deportivo’, Gavi arrived at the dressing room in tears. “It can’t be. Why me?”, asked the player while being comforted by his teammates. The athlete left the stadium already on crutches and dejected.
Barcelona should be compensated by the FIFA Club Protection Program due to the player’s injury. If he remains out for eight months, the amount should be 4.3 million euros. The ceiling that the entity pays the teams is 7.5 million euros.