Gavi nears crucial phase in rehab journey

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Pablo Gavi reaches 100 day milestone in ACL recovery.

This past Monday marked 100 days (3 months, 1 week, and 1 day) since the serious injury suffered by Gavi, midfielder for FC Barcelona. The young Andalusian fell during the third FIFA date of the current season, specifically in a Spain-Georgia match (3-1) in the preliminary phase of Euro 2024 held in Valladolid on November 19, 2023. Gavi has already completed the first phase of the recovery process, and the sensations couldn’t be better. There have been no setbacks or incidents to note.

Gavi was diagnosed with a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee and an associated injury to the external meniscus. On November 28, he underwent meniscal suturing performed by Dr. Joan Carles Monllau, under the supervision of the medical services of FC Barcelona, at the Hospital de Barcelona. In the initial days, between the injury and the operation, the player was deeply affected, but over time, he began to accept reality to focus solely on his return to the field. According to Adria Fernandez from SPORT, Gavi begins the second phase of his recovery, the most delicate and dangerous part of the process. It is then that the player will begin to increase his workload and feel the effects of these 100 days of inactivity. It cannot be ruled out that the effort may cause him pain and inflammation, even fluid in the affected area.

Depending on the work he does and how he does it, he will need to pace himself and rest for short periods. It will also be in this phase when the schedule for his return to contact with the field will begin to be defined. Since the injury, Gavi has missed 21 official matches and one friendly, with a record of 12 wins, four draws, and six losses. On the other hand, it is not expected that the player will return to the field for the remainder of the season. The medical staff of FC Barcelona do not want to take any risks with the player, and his return should come at the start of the 2024-25 season.

The truth is that being a serious injury, setting dates is always risky, and neither the club nor the player will make this mistake. However, Gavi is working to be in top condition and start preseason, probably between the second and third week of July. The idea is that when he returns to the group, he does so at full strength and with all the guarantees so that he does not suffer any sequelae in the future. In the press conference prior to the League match between FC Barcelona and Granada (3-3), held on February 11 in Montjuïc, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández was asked about Gavi’s current situation.

The Catalan coach explained that “his recovery is going very well, better than expected.” He added, “We’re talking about Gavi, and he would like to be back already, but obviously he can’t. He continues with a textbook recovery.”