BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Midfielder Gavi will undergo surgery to repair a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Barcelona said Monday.
Gavi was injured in the first half of Spain’s 3-1 win in Georgia on Sunday in Euro 2024 qualifying.
Barcelona said medical tests on Monday also revealed an injury to Gavi’s lateral meniscus.
The club said the surgery will take place in the coming days and a new medical update will be released later. He did not give a timetable for the player’s recovery, but the injury is expected to prevent him from playing again this season.
Gavi was crying when he limped off the field in the 26th minute after taking a clumsy step while trying to control the ball.
“This can happen at any time. It was an accident,” said Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente. “It is a very difficult moment. It is difficult for him, for his club, for his teammates, for me and for the federation. “We are devastated.”
Gavi, 19, played 15 games for Barcelona this season, 13 of them as a starter. He scored against Villarreal in the Spanish league and against Antwerp in the Champions League.
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