Spain star Gavi might MISS Euro 2024 with severe knee harm
- Spain beat Georgia 3-1 to complete high of Group A on Sunday
- Gavi suffered a severe knee harm within the first half and left the pitch in tears
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Spain beat Georgia 3-1 of their last Euro 2024 qualifying Group A match on Sunday in a bittersweet victory for the hosts after Barcelona star Gavi suffered what seemed to be a severe knee harm.
Spain, already assured of high spot, completed with 21 factors after seven wins in eight matches, having misplaced solely to second-placed Scotland, who had additionally already certified for the finals and ended with 17 factors after a 3-3 draw with Norway.
Georgia completed fourth with eight factors, three behind Norway in third, whereas Cyprus had been backside with out a level.
But for Spain coach Luis de la Fuente it was probably the most bitter victory of his profession after 19-year-old Gavi left the pitch in tears in the course of the first half whereas grabbing his knee in ache.
‘It is a really troublesome second for Gavi, Barcelona, the nationwide group and for me, it appears as if we’ve got misplaced the sport,’ De la Fuente instructed a information convention.
Barcelona star Gavi suffered what seemed to be a severe knee harm as Spain beat Georgia 3-1 on Sunday to complete high of Group A
The Barcelona midfielder lay down in agony earlier than leaving the pitch in tears
Gavi regarded clearly in misery as his knee was examined by the medical employees
‘This is the ugly a part of soccer. I’m very sorry.
‘Let’s await the assessments to verify the extent of the harm. This is probably the most bitter victory I’ve ever skilled in my life.’
The Royal Spanish Football Federation confirmed Gavi suffered a severe harm to his proper knee.
‘It’s a severe harm to his proper knee, however we have to wait to see how unhealthy it truly is,’ it mentioned in a brief assertion.
Spain grabbed the lead within the fourth minute after a free kick from Ferran Torres on the left was headed dwelling by Robin Le Normand for his first worldwide objective.
Georgia levelled six minutes later following a fast break and easy end from ahead Khvicha Kvaratskhelia earlier than Gavi was injured in a collision with an opponent.
‘We cannot have a good time as we might have preferred. Gavi’s harm is a tough blow, I’m actually gutted,’ mentioned Le Normand.
‘It wasn’t my greatest sport with the nationwide group, there are issues to enhance.’
Ferran Torres celebrated his objective by holding his teammate shirt as a tribute
The hosts restored their lead 10 minutes into the second half with a header from Torres, who celebrated by holding up the quantity 9 shirt of his Barca teammate Gavi.
Georgia’s Luka Lochoshvili put the ball in his personal web within the 72nd minute to seal the Spaniards’ win.
‘An vital victory to finish on a very good be aware, however we depart with a bittersweet feeling due to Gavi’s harm,’ mentioned Torres.
‘We do not know the extent of the harm, however figuring out how a lot of a warrior Gavi is, we predict it could possibly be severe.’