On what should have been a joyous day as a coach, Luis De la Fuente (62) instead faced one of the saddest moments in his career according to Spanish newspaper Marca. During the match between Spain and Georgia (3-1) in the qualifiers for the Euros, Spanish talent Gavi (19) was forced to leave the game in the 26th minute due to pain in his right knee. Fears of a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament were confirmed by the manager after the match, leaving the atmosphere in the Furia dressing room solemn. It is expected that Gavi’s injury will be confirmed by the club during the day and additional tests will be done. However, it is already clear that Gavi will be out of commission until the end of the season.
Mundo Deportivo reported that there was great anger in Barcelona over the situation. The team is upset that their player had to play in a match that was irrelevant for them, as they had already secured a place in the Euros earlier. They could potentially receive a consolation prize of between four and five million euros as compensation from FIFA.