The unfortunate news regarding Gavi surfaced during his participation in the Spain national team’s clash against Georgia earlier this week. A premature end to the game marked by an injury led to medical examinations revealing damage to Gavi’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and meniscus muscle. Consequently, the 19-year-old midfielder will undergo surgery and face a recovery period of 8-9 months.
Gavi’s absence will extend to Spain’s participation in the 2024 European Championship and the 2024 Olympics. Barcelona, as the player’s home club, also bears the brunt of this loss, considering Gavi’s pivotal role in the team’s midfield. Having featured in 15 matches this season, Gavi’s injury is a significant setback for the club.
Deco, Barcelona’s Director of Football, acknowledges the club’s profound loss with Gavi’s injury. However, he emphasizes that Barcelona is not hastily contemplating the recruitment of a replacement. In Deco’s view, there is currently no player in the market possessing the comprehensive qualities exhibited by Gavi.
Deco: “Today, Gavi is a player who can’t be replaced. There is no player on the market available to do his job, neither with their mentality, nor with their ability. Arguing about replacing Gavi is a mistake; it is a mistake to think that we are going to find a player to replace… pic.twitter.com/7fY7VMOCeA
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“At the moment, Gavi is an irreplaceable player. There is no player in the market who can do his job, both in terms of mentality and ability,” expressed Deco in an interview with EFE.
“To discuss how to replace Gavi is a mistake. It’s wrong to think that we will find a player capable of replacing him. It won’t be like that,” he added.
Barcelona, despite the sadness surrounding Gavi’s injury for both the player and the club, adopts a patient approach, acknowledging the uniqueness of Gavi’s contributions to the team.