Barcelona has confirmed that their midfielder Gavi tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, with him expected to be seven to nine months out of the game.
The 19-year-old sustained the injury during Spain’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Georgia on Sunday, leaving the field within the first 25 minutes.
According to a statement from Barcelona, Monday morning tests revealed a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, along with an associated injury to the lateral meniscus.
Gavi is set to undergo surgery in the coming days. The extent of the injury is a significant setback for Barcelona, currently occupying the third position in LaLiga. Additionally, Gavi, who debuted at 17 in August 2021, has become a pivotal player in the squad, amassing 111 appearances.
He contributed to Barcelona’s league title win last season and has played 15 times for them this season. Despite Gavi’s injury, Spain secured a 3-1 victory against Georgia, and Barcelona teammate Ferran Torres marked his second-half goal by holding up Gavi’s shirt in celebration.
Additionally, Barcelona released a statement on the club’s official website: “Tests carried out on Monday morning on the first team player Gavi have shown that he has a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and an associated injury to the lateral meniscus. The player will have surgery in the coming days after which a new medical update will be released. Gavi was injured on international duty for Spain in the final game of the team’s European Championship qualifying group against Georgia. The Barca midfielder was forced off after just 26 minutes of the encounter.”