Following their 4-0 victory over Athletic Club at home, Barcelona manager Xavi has provided a favorable report on Gavi.
That is a much-needed boost for Xavi’s team before they take on Bayern Munich in a pivotal Champions League matchup soon.
Despite the positive results of a convincing victory over Athletic, Gavi’s injury in the first half distracted Barcelona supporters.
After Xavi forced Gavi and Sergi Roberto off the field against Athletic on Sunday, Barcelona’s injury issues appeared destined to worsen.
The first half of Barcelona midfielder Gavi’s team’s La Liga match against Athletic Club on Sunday ended with him leaving the field in tears.
After receiving a crushing tackle in the first half, Gavi was forced to leave the game. After colliding with Dani Garcia, the midfielder collapsed and appeared to be hurt in the groin.
Despite his best efforts, the adolescent was eventually replaced by Franck Kessie.
Although early indications indicate there is no real injury and Gavi should be alright, the Kopa Trophy winner did appear to be in significant discomfort when he left the game.
In his post-game press conference, Xavi was able to provide a favorable report on Gavi, whereas Sergio Roberto sustained a more serious injury.
“Gavi will be okay for Wednesday, according to the Barca manager. We will lose Sergi for a few days. We will see about the tests tomorrow.” As per reports from Goal.
At the end of the game, Gavi was seen returning to the field to shake hands with the Athletic players. He appeared to be in rather good health.
Sergio Roberto, who left the game after it had started because of a shoulder injury, may have had a different outcome.
Roberto scored Barca’s second goal of the evening but was unable to complete the scoring.
As he left, Roberto appeared to be having some trouble and might not be back for a while. This could be a repeat of the star’s shoulder injury from last season.
In the event that Roberto is injured, Xavi does have Hector Bellerin back in the lineup, and Andreas Christensen is also anticipated to make a speedy recovery.
Gavi’s injury is not believed to be significant and shouldn’t interfere with his plans to represent Spain in the World Cup.
After the game, the 18-year-old came back onto the field in a tracksuit to shake hands with the opposition and join his teammates in celebration.
In time for Barcelona’s critical Champions League match against Bayern Munich in the middle of the week, Gavi will be eligible for selection once more.
However, this does not completely rule out the possibility of Franck Kessie replacing him if Xavi decides to rest him against Bayern.