Jose Gaya expressed the immediacy and seriousness of his injury in Spain’s battle with the Netherlands on Wednesday.
The left-back mostly dealt with Valencia, disputed his accidental head hit to the face of the Dutch rival Hans Hateboer.
Gaya said on Thursday to Marca: “I noticed a lot of pain right away. I knew I had something bad and I saw that they were demanding to come quickly to see me. I did not even see the blood. I put my hand on it straight away because I knew there was something wrong. I knew immediately it was serious.”
The Spanish FA declared during the game that Gaya suffered from a cut above his left eye needed stitches. After the game, the defender underwent more diagnosis. Finally, it was revealed that he was up and healthy.
In response to the question, how does the defender feel now? “Much better. Now my eye and all that area is swelling a little more, but the cut and the wound are better. It hurts little. I will see if it heals quickly and I’m ready as soon as possible.”
The 25-year-old Gaya has been the captain at the Mestalla ensuing a raft of summer exits, while Wednesday night was his 10th cap for La Roja.