Bizarre injuries are currently in vogue.
It was recently reported that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale had suffered an injury while playing a round of golf.
And now, Manchester United flop Victor Valdes has joined Bale on the list of crazy injuries. In fact, he’s surpassed the Welshman by some way.
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Valdes is currently on loan at Standard Liege, and was set to make his final appearance for the Belgium side on Friday.
But he will miss out. The reason why? A football struck him in the face.
Somehow, that caused a shoulder injury that rules the Spaniard out of the game against Mouscron.
Can the past few years get any worse for the former Barcelona shot-stopper?
His manager, Yannick Ferrara, was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as telling Belgium newspaper DH: “He took a ball straight to the face during training on Wednesday. This locked his neck and the pain has descended into his shoulder.
“He’s therefore out of our next game and will be replaced by Guillaume Hubert.”
The past two years have been quite a nightmare for Valdes. He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in March 2014 that ruled him out of the World Cup and put a dampener on his final season at Barcelona.
He signed for Manchester United in January 2015 but made just two appearances for the Red Devils after falling out with Louis van Gaal.
A loan move to Belgium followed, but the 34-year-old has kept one clean sheet in eight appearances and is now injured.
Fallout with Van Gaal
Van Gaal isolated the three-time Champions League winner after he apparently refused to play for United’s reserve team.
The Dutchman gave Valdes his break at Barcelona but said on his refusal to play for the Under-21s: “He is not selected because he doesn't follow our philosophy and there is no place for someone like that.
"Philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm. For example, last year, he refused to play in the second team."
Valdes later claimed he felt “alone” during his spell at Old Trafford, and many criticised Van Gaal’s decision to shun the World Cup winner.
Vicente del Bosque, who will choose between David de Gea and Iker Casillas to start at Euro 2016, said the treatment of Valdes was “incredible”.
“Everyone with a little common sense wants Victor to be playing, to be active, because what has happened to him is incredible,” the Spain coach said, per the Manchester Evenings News.
“What bad luck, when he was one of the great goalkeepers out there. It is truly a case of very bad luck.”