Gavi's mid-season ACL tear came came as a big blow for Barcelona, adding to the ongoing injury crisis.
The youngster's absence leaves a gap in midfield and replacing him won't be easy, but it's a puzzle Xavi needs to solve - and as soon as possible.
Here are four players who could potentially fill in for Gavi.
After the youngster's pre-season exploits, he swiftly secured a spot in Barca's lineup, boasting 2 goals and one assist in 13 games for the senior squad already. With such a solid presence, who else could replace Gavi more effectively? In Fermin, we trust.
The 20-year-old's spent roughly a year on the fringes of the first team, consistently making squad appearances when Barcelona needed, though not accumulating much playing time. Casado is as a sensible choice to enhance squad depth.
Giovani Lo Celso
The Catalans considered acquiring the Argentine over the summer, but the 27-year-old ended up staying with Spurs. Now that Gavi is injured, Lo Celso has once again emerged as an option on a six-month loan. Especially since he is sitting on the bench in London, with just 83 minutes of game time to his name this season.
- The Barca loanee hasn't received the expected playing time at Girona. As such, the club may consider recalling the youngster from his loan, especially amid the injury crisis. Xavi, however, gave him limited chances last season, making it uncertain if the situation would change this time around.