Today with Leleman I was thinking about the fear of… Gaya.
All of us Valencia fans were heartbroken when we learned yesterday that he’s out with Spain injured. Because Gaya deserves to play in this World Cup because he is the head of the Spanish team. Their effort and fight along with their professional and human quality deserves to enjoy the experience of playing in the World Championship. And it can’t be that an injury stopped it.
Fortunately the tests showed that the sprain is minor and so he would be able to submit to Luis Enrique’s orders. And yesterday I remembered the picture of Lazaro de la Peña from the last game played at the Mestalla in Gaya. In it you can see Pedreguer’s man with a face of effort under the heavy rain that fell that day in the Mestalla. Gaya have demonstrated once again that their commitment to Valencia is bomb-proof and World Cup-proof.
Perhaps there have been footballers who have kept themselves in reserve to reach the World Cup in good shape. Gaya is not one of them. The day before he was handed Spain’s list by Luis Enrique, he struggled in the rain at the Mestalla, not dribbling for a single try during 95 minutes of play. The risk of being left without the World Cup due to a fatal injury did not cross his head compared to the love and commitment to his club Valencia.
That’s why Gaya deserves to be fit to play in the World Cup, so our hearts sank when we learned about his ankle problems. We want to see our captain defending Spain as we are sure he will do so with the same commitment and dedication that he does with Valencia. Without bargaining efforts. It’s gone.