Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has tweeted a message of support to Victor Valdes after the Barcelona veteran suffered a season-ending ACL injury on Wednesday night.
The Spanish stopper - who is set to leave Camp Nou upon the expiry of his contract this summer - tore his anterior cruciate ligament after falling awkwardly whilst defending a set-play against Celta Vigo.
Valdes now faces a period of six to nine months on the sidelines and will miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It also brings a cruel end to his Barcelona career, as he will be unavailable for selection for Tata Martino's side for the remainder of 2013/14.
News of the injury spread quickly on social media, and prompted his international team-mate De Gea to send the Barcelona keeper a get well soon tweet.
"I want to give all my support n strength to a goalkeeper that I admire n respect," said the Manchester United custodian. "@1victorvaldes wish u get well and see u soon in the pitch."
Despite the sincere well-wishing from the Red Devils ace, the news will come as a boost to him personally, improving his chances of inclusion in Vicente del Bosque's 23-man Spain squad for the World Cup this summer.
De Gea has been one of Manchester United's most consistent players at Old Trafford this season, and is now likely to face a head-to-head battle with Real Madrid's Diego Lopez for the third-choice goalkeeper spot behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina.