Last night brought some devastating news for FC Barcelona as key midfielder Gavi suffered a serious injury while playing for Spain against Georgia in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Following initial tests, it is suspected that the 19-year-old has ruptured his ACL and is done for the season, which comes as a bitter blow for the player and the club.
A regular for both club and country, Gavi had been accumulating a lot of minutes and in an unfortunate turn of events, he is now set for a lengthy spell out on the sidelines.
Barcelona outraged with RFEF and De la Fuente
Following the injury to Gavi, Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona are furious with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) due to the situation.
Furthermore, journalist Marta Ramon adds that the Blaugrana are also outraged at Spain manager Luis de la Fuente and hold him responsible as well for Gavi’s injury.
Considering that La Roja had already qualified for the Euros during the last international break, and had won against Cyprus last week, the game against Georgia was completely inconsequential.
As such, Barça are very unhappy with De la Fuente and the RFEF for playing Gavi on Sunday night even though there was absolutely no need for it, especially with the manager having plenty of alternatives.
De la Fuente did ring in the changes to the lineup from the Cyprus game, but Gavi was one of just two players retained in the starting XI, along with defender Robin Le Normand.
There were already concerns that the teenager might be fatigued after the match against Cyprus, and as such there was simply no need for De la Fuente to risk him against Georgia.
So, it is only natural for Barcelona to be angry about how things turned out. As things stand, the 19-year-old appears out for the season, although more details are expected once he undergoes further tests back at the club.