Pablo Gabi, a key midfielder for Spanish soccer’s prestigious FC Barcelona, will undergo surgery after being confirmed to have suffered a serious injury in an A-match between national teams .”After a thorough examination, Gabi was diagnosed with a complete rupture of the cruciate ligament in his right knee,” the club said on its website on Tuesday (local time).In addition to the ACL, damage to the meniscus has also been confirmed, the club said, adding that surgery will begin in the next few days .Gabi left the field in the 26th minute after starting the previous day’s Euro 2024 qualifying match (3-1 Spain) against Georgia at the José Sorolla Municipal Stadium in Valladolid, Spain. Gabi was left on the ground in pain after a hard collision between his lower body and an opposing defender near the corner of the penalty box in the 20th minute. He got back to his feet and continued to participate in the game, but three minutes later, while collecting a high ball in the air with his chest, he grabbed his right knee in pain again and headed to the locker room. According to Spanish outlet As, Gabi is expected to miss at least eight months.
This is a huge loss for both the Spanish national team and Barcelona. Spain must now prepare for Euro 2024, which begins next June, without Gabi. Gabi, born in 2004, became Spain’s youngest ever captain (17 years and 61 days) when he scored against Italy in 2021 and its youngest ever goal (17 years and 304 days) when he scored against the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League last year, and has been a key midfielder for the team since the World Cup in Qatar. His home team, Barcelona, is even worse .A product of the club’s youth system, Gabi has made 111 official appearances in a Barcelona first-team shirt, 89 of which have been starts, making him a key resource for the team .This season, he’s played 12 regular-season games and three UEFA Champions League matches, minus the two games he missed due to accumulating cautions .Meanwhile, AS reported that Barcelona will receive compensation for Gabi’s injury under FIFA’s Club Protection Program. The program pays clubs a proportional amount of compensation for each day a player is out of action for more than 28 days after being called up to the national team for an A-match. With the daily compensation set at €2548 (about $29,000), Barcelona could receive up to €7.5 million (about $10.9 million) 온라인카지노 if Gabi misses the entire year. The €7.5 million is the most that can be paid under the rules.