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Barcelona midfielder goes through doping test after Spain vs Italy

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Shortly after Spain secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Italy in the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League, the Spanish team was raided by the UEFA doctors.

The authorities decided to take doping tests for four of the players who started against Italy, including Barcelona youngster Gavi. The three other players were Robin Le Normand, Mikel Merino and Yeremy Pino.

This has been reported by Diario AS, which suggests the unexpected doping tests were taken after the win over Italy. But the report suggests there is nothing to worry about for the Spanish team, as all the players in the team are under strict control.

The anti-doping protocol is strictly adhered to by chief physician Dr. Celada, who is a specialist in the field. However, there are still times when something can go wrong, as some of the medications players take can result in failed doping tests.

About 40 years ago, Spain’s Ramon Maria Caldere failed one such test after he took ‘Bisolvon’, under a prescription, to cure a cold. UEFA reprimanded RFEF, slapping a €25,000 fine at the time.

The doping test process, though, have improved significantly since and it is likely that all four Spanish players will be cleared ahead of La Roja’s upcoming Nations League final against Croatia this evening.

Gavi, in particular, could play a critical role for Spain. His creative essence, coupled with his aggression could go a long way in helping La Roja break the shackles of a well-disciplined Croatian defence.

Gavi has recently spoken about his ambition to win trophies with the Spanish national team. This could be his opportunity to seal his first international trophy, which could come on the back of a season where he also helped Barcelona secure the league title.

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