Gavi harm ‘enormous loss’ for Barcelona this season – Xavi


Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández stated Gavi is irreplaceable after the midfielder tore his anterior cruciate ligament whereas taking part in for Spain final weekend.

Gavi, 19, will endure surgical procedure subsequent week and will not play for Barça once more this season, along with his participation in Euro 2024 subsequent summer season additionally successfully dominated out.

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“It’s a enormous loss for us,” Xavi stated forward of Barça’s LaLiga sport away at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

“You possibly can’t exchange him; the center, ardour and braveness he performs with. We now have to attempt to discover options with out him, nevertheless it’s tough.

“Rayo is the kind of sport the place we want Gavi’s mentality and high quality. It is going to be intense. Vallecas is at all times a tough place to go for us.”

Sources informed ESPN that Barça have been “offended” with the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) after taking part in Gavi in back-to-back video games throughout the worldwide break regardless of having already certified for Euro 2024.

Nonetheless, Xavi stated he had no drawback with Spain coach Luis de la Fuente’s administration of the scenario and proposed a change to the way in which worldwide soccer is shoe-horned into the calendar.

“I believe the harm is said to the schedule,” the Barça boss stated. “At Gavi’s age, with the quantity of minutes and video games he has had… Typically [injuries] can simply be unlucky as nicely.

“FIFA are taking a look at the opportunity of having eight or 9 months along with your membership, going away along with your nationwide groups for as much as two months after which having break day. It could keep away from a lot travelling.

“[Ronald] Araujo and Raphinha are simply getting back from 14-hour flights. They have not educated and tomorrow we have now a sport. There are gamers — from Africa, South America and Asia — that should journey an excessive amount of.”

Barça may also be with out Marc-André ter Stegen for Saturday’s journey to Rayo. The goalkeeper has a again drawback and might be changed by Iñaki Peña, Xavi confirmed.

Frenkie de Jong is match to return to motion, although, following a two-month harm layoff, with Sergi Roberto additionally again in coaching and anticipated to be accessible for Tuesday’s Champions League sport in opposition to Porto.

Barça return to LaLiga motion this weekend sitting third within the desk, two factors behind Actual Madrid and 4 adrift of shock leaders Girona, who they host in two weeks on the Olympic Stadium.

Previous to that Girona match, they welcome FC Porto and Atlético Madrid in two matches which can be important to their hopes of success each in Europe and domestically.


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