Gavi misses Spain practice because of injury

November 29, 2022
Spain’s Gavi (left) challenges Germany’s Leon Gorentzka for the ball, during their World Cup Group E football match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Sunday. The match drew 1-1.
Spain’s Gavi (left) challenges Germany’s Leon Gorentzka for the ball, during their World Cup Group E football match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Sunday. The match drew 1-1.

DOHA, Qatar (AP):

Teenager Gavi did not practise with Spain yesterday, a day after their 1-1 draw with Germany at the World Cup.

Gavi was nursing a minor injury sustained in the draw at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.

The 18-year-old midfielder was substituted in the 66th minute against Germany, shortly after Spain took a 1-0 lead.

The injury was not expected to keep Gavi from being available in the final group match against Japan on Thursday. Spain need a draw to reach the round of 16.

Gavi scored once in their 7-0 rout of Costa Rica, becoming the youngest World Cup scorer since Pele in 1958.

He and 20-year-old Pedri are leading a revamped Spain squad trying to win their second World Cup and first major title since the 2012 European Championship.

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