Barcelona striker David Villa could be sidelined for the remainder of the season after he sustained a broken leg in the semi-final of the Fifa Club World Cup.
The 30-year-old was involved in a nasty collision with two Al Sadd defenders shortly before half-time in Yokohama, and has fractured his left tibia.
Villa is now a serious doubt for Euro 2012 next summer in Poland and Ukraine, where Spain will hoping to defend the title they won four years previously.
"Bad news for David Villa and Barca; the striker's left tibia is fractured," said the official Barcelona Twitter feed.
"The player has been taken to the Yokohama Rosa hospital for further tests."
It was reported in the Spanish press on Wednesday that Barca were prepared to sell Villa during the January transfer window, should a suitable offer be received.
Liverpool and Chelsea were touted as potential destinations for the former Valencia star, but today's injury will have put paid to any potential move.
Meanwhile, Barca triumphed 4-0 over Al Sadd and will face Brazilian side Santos in the final of the competition on Sunday.
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