El centrocampista de la selección española Gavi es atendido en el terreno de juego por el equipo médico tras caer lesionado durante el partido correspondiente a la fase de grupos de clasificación para la Eurocopa 2024. EFE/ RFEF   Pablo Garcia

Barcelona, ​​Nov 21 (EFE).- Injuries due to cruciate ligament ruptures and associated with different knee pathologies lasting at least five months have increased in 2023 in elite football, with 39 casualties of this type throughout the year. throughout the year, figures higher than those of 2021 (with 29 injuries) and 2022 (30).

The calculations correspond to players who have reached at least 75 ELO, a scoring system based on statistics that measures the relative abilities of athletes from different disciplines, according to data provided by BeSoccer.

With the loss of Pablo Páez Gavira ‘Gavi’, who withdrew from Spain-Georgia last Sunday, there are now 39 elite footballers injured in the cruciate ligaments or knee throughout 2023, and three affected by problems in the knee in the current FIFA window (with 37 injuries in total).


The most punished professional league in 2023 is the Spanish one, with 13 of the 39 injured due to a torn cruciate ligament, that is, 33% of the total.

During the 2022-23 season, thirteen injuries occurred in the Spanish First Division, of which nine were in 2022: Anuar Mohamed Tumahi (Valladolid), Brasanac (Osasuna), Bryan Ocampo (Cádiz), Gregorio Grcia ‘Gori’ (Espanyol ), Jaume Doménech (Valencia), Sadiq Umar (Real Sociedad), Martin Svidersky (Almería), Toni Villa (Girona) and Joseba Zaldua (Cádiz); and four in 2023: Francis Coquelin (Villarreal), Enes Ünal (Getafe), Nabil Fekir (Betis) and Reinildo Mandava (Atlético de Madrid).

In the current one, there are eight injured of the crusaders: David Silva (Real Sociedad, retired after the injury), Jorge Molina (Granada, also retired after the injury), Joel Roca (Girona), Mauro Arambarri (Getafe), Yéremi Pino ( Villarreal), Gavi (Barcelona) and Thibaut Courtois and Éder Militao (Real Madrid).

In the Second Division, José Campaña also suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last April when he was with Levante, while the same thing happened to Víctor Machín ‘Vitolo’ in May, when Las Palmas was playing in the category. of silver of Spanish football.

The current LaLiga EA Sports is followed by the British Premier League, with five casualties in 2023, the French Ligue 1, with four, and the Italian, American and Brazilian leagues, all of them with three affected.


With Gavi – who will miss the rest of the League, the Olympic Games and the Euro Cup – there are already 18 footballers affected by this ailment currently between the First and Second Division in Spain.

Of the two categories, the most affected club is Oviedo with three players in the infirmary with serious knee problems: Rodrigo Tarín, Álex Millán and Mario Hernández.

They are followed by Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, Getafe and Villarreal, all of them with two injured, and finally Barcelona, ​​Alavés, Girona, Tenerife, Huesca, Burgos and Mirandés, with one injured due to this affliction.

Alex Gutierrez Paez

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