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Spain national football team
Euro Champ Qualifying | Group Stage
Nov 19, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla
Georgia national football team
3 - 1
Le Normand (4'), Torres (55'), Lochoshvili (72' og.)
Rodri (56'), Martinez (90+4')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Kvaratskhelia (10')
Kvaratskhelia (75'), Sagnol (75'), Kashia (83')

Barcelona's Gavi suffers serious knee injury on Spain duty

Barcelona's Gavi suffers serious knee injury on Spain duty
© Reuters
Spain confirm that Gavi sustained a serious knee injury during La Roja's 3-1 win over Georgia in European Championship qualifying on Sunday evening.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi has suffered a serious knee injury during Spain's Euro 2024 qualifier against Georgia at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on Sunday night.

The 19-year-old was starting at the heart of La Roja team alongside Manchester City enforcer Rodri and Paris Saint-Germain's Fabian Ruiz.

Despite having already secured their place in the top two of Group A alongside Scotland - meaning that the 2012 winners had sealed their spot at next summer's tournament - Luis de la Fuente named a strong XI, including the likes of Jose Gaya and Dani Carvajal.

One of only two players to retain their spots from the victory at Cyprus earlier in the international break, centre-back Robin Le Normand put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute.

Napoli attacker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia restored parity for the visiting Georgians in the 10th minute, and not long after Gavi found himself in a great deal of pain after attempting to control the ball.

Spain's Gavi celebrates scoring against Norway on October 15, 2023© Reuters

The Barcelona youngster was in clear discomfort and although he was able to walk off the pitch with some assistance from Spain's physio, it was obvious that the midfielder was in no state to play any further part.

Barca teammate Ferran Torres put La Roja back into the lead early in the second half and celebrated by holding up a Gavi shirt, suggesting that his compatriot were already aware of how serious the injury is set to be.

An own goal from Luka Lochoshvili of Serie B side Cremonese made sure of all three points for Spain, with De la Fuente's men finishing four points clear of Steve Clarke's Scotland at the top of Group A.

Since the final whistle in Valladolid, it has been confirmed that Gavi has suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury, meaning that he is set for a significant period on the sidelines.

It is understood that the 19-year-old will now return to Barca for detailed examinations on Monday that will help determine the specific timeline for recovery.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi on September 19, 2023© Reuters

Gavi has been a regular figure for the Catalonians since making his debut in July 2021, appearing on 111 occasions across all competitions and netting seven times.

So far this season, Barcelona head coach Xavi has fielded the youngster in 12 La Liga matches - 10 of which have come from the start - with the midfielder bagging one goal and one assist.

Due to the long-term injuries sustained by fellow engine room options Frenkie de Jong and Pedri earlier in the campaign, Gavi has found himself as a mainstay in the Spanish champions' XI.

Barca currently sit behind perennial challengers Real Madrid and surprise package Girona in the La Liga standings after 13 matches, and Xavi's side will be looking to close the gap to first when they travel to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday afternoon.

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Group A

Q Spain Spain870121
Q Scotland flag Scotland852117
3 Norway Norway832311
4 Georgia Georgia82248
5 Cyprus Cyprus80080

Group B

Q France France871022
Q Netherlands Netherlands860218
3 Greece Greece841313
4 Ireland Rep. Ireland82066
5 Gibraltar flag Gibraltar80080

Group C

Q England flag England862020
Q Italy Italy842214
3 Ukraine Ukraine842214
4 Macedonia N. Macedonia82248
5 Malta flag Malta80080

Group D

Q Turkey Turkey852117
Q Croatia Croatia851216
3 Wales flag Wales833212
4 Armenia Armenia82248
5 Latvia Latvia81073

Group E

Q Albania national flag Albania843115
Q Czech Republic Czech Republic843115
3 Poland Poland832311
4 Republic of Moldova Moldova824210
5 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands80262

Group F

Q Belgium Belgium862020
Q Austria Austria861119
3 Sweden Sweden831410
4 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan82157
5 Estonia Estonia80171

Group G

Q Hungary Hungary853018
Q Serbia Serbia842214
3 Montenegro Montenegro832311
4 Lithuania Lithuania81346
5 Bulgaria Bulgaria80444

Group H

Q Denmark Denmark1071222
Q Slovenia Slovenia1071222
3 Finland Finland1060418
4 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan1060418
5 Northern Ireland flag N. Ireland103079
6 San Marino flag San Marino1000100

Group I

Q Romania Romania1064022
Q Switzerland Switzerland1045117
3 Israel Israel1043315
4 Belarus Belarus1033412
5 Kosovo flag Kosovo1025311
6 Andorra flag Andorra100282

Group J

Q Portugal Portugal10100030
Q Slovakia Slovakia1071222
3 Luxembourg flag Luxembourg1052317
4 Iceland Iceland1031610
5 Bosnia Bosnia H'vina103079
6 Liechtenstein flag Liechtenstein1000100

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