The Spanish football federation has announced that Barcelona’s young talent, Lamine Yamal, will be unable to join the Spain squad for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Norway and Scotland due to an injury. The 16-year-old made headlines in September when he became the youngest player ever to score for the Spain national team. Unfortunately, the medical team has determined that he is unfit to participate in the upcoming matches, prompting his withdrawal from the squad.
Yamal’s injury concerns arose after Barcelona revealed that he had suffered a hip flexor problem during their recent 2-2 draw with Granada in La Liga. It was during this match that Yamal etched his name in the history books, becoming the youngest ever goalscorer in La Liga at the age of 16 years and 87 days.
Upon joining the Spain national team, Yamal was observed limping on Monday, further confirming his injury setback. Barcelona also experienced additional setbacks as Jules Kounde suffered a knee injury, adding to the list of players already in the treatment room, including Robert Lewandowski, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, and Raphinha.
Yamal’s remarkable journey in Barcelona began with his debut at the age of 15 years and 290 days against Real Betis in April last season. He continued to make strides this season, becoming the youngest starter in La Liga in the 21st century and also the youngest assist provider within the same time frame. In recognition of his potential, Yamal recently extended his contract with Barcelona until 2026, with a staggering one billion-euro release clause ($1.06 billion).