The qualifiers for the Euros between Spain and Georgia (3-1) had been a cause for celebration, but that joy quickly turned to sorrow as Spanish talent Gavi (19) suffered an injury during the game. According to Marca, Luis De la Fuente (62), the coach of Spain, was devastated as he watched his star player limp off the field in pain.
Fears were expressed that Gavi may have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, which was later confirmed by the manager after the match. The atmosphere in the Furia dressing room was somber as players and staff alike mourned the loss of their young star.
Mundo Deportivo reported that there was great anger in Barcelona over the situation. The club was upset that their player had to play in a match that was irrelevant for them, as they had already secured a place in the Euros earlier. They could potentially receive a consolation prize of between four and five million euros as compensation from FIFA for their player’s injury.