Barça furious with Spanish coach after Gavi injury

According to several Catalan media, the leaders of FC Barcelona are angry with Spain coach Luis De La Fuente and the Spanish Federation after Gavi’s serious injury against Georgia (3-1) on Sunday.

Sadness quickly gave way to anger. Gavi’s serious knee injury on Sunday during Spain-Georgia (3-1, Euro 2024 qualifiers) provoked Barça’s indignation against coach Luis De La Fuente and the Spanish Federation, according to several Catalan media.

The club criticizes the decision-makers for not having spared their player at the heart of a crazy calendar. The decision-makers consider that his participation in the meeting was not essential especially as La Roja was already qualified for the Euro and well on the way to becoming top seed (she has been assured of this since Sunday).

The financial compensation from Fifa (which could reach between four and five million euros) does not console the Blaugrana who fear having to do without their nugget until the end of the season. Gavi was injured in the 20th minute of play, before leaving the field three minutes later in tears, escorted by the selection doctor. While waiting for the first more precise examinations, the first echoes raise fears of a rupture of a cruciate ligament in the right knee.

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A key element of Xavi’s system, the player is not the type to want to take a breather. And this is partly what Barça criticizes De La Fuente. Since his debut for the selection in 2021, Gavi has played every match (27 in total, including 23 as a starter). On the eve of the match against Georgia, Luis De La Fuente had also justified its recurring use. “Gavi is hyperactive. He always wants to play. Good players never rest,” he said.

A statement which does not make Barça laugh a few days later. For the club, alternatives to its young nugget existed in the midfield and this injury could have been avoided.

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