Victor Valdes may turn 35-years-old in January, but the Spaniard is still playing at the very highest level.
The former Barcelona ‘keeper made just two appearances for Manchester United in a troubled spell but, after a loan at Standard Liege last season, he returned to the Premier League with Middlesbrough.
And Valdes has already established himself as the club’s number one at the Riverside Stadium as he looks to prolong his impressive career.
Valdes must have been expected one of the busiest afternoons of his career when his ‘Boro side travelled to Manchester to face Pep Guardiola’s City.
However, a combination of stout defending and a few good saves from Valdes meant that City couldn’t find their way past Aitor Karanka's team for the first 40 minutes.
However, with time running out in the first-half, things took a turn for the worse for the visitors - and Valdes in particular.
Firstly, the stopper picked up a nasty gash after a collision with Jesus Navas. Values came out bravely to stop his compatriot in his tracks but he may have been wishing he hadn’t after Navas studded him high up the leg.
Just look at the grim image of his injury.
And then, as if Valdes wasn’t feeling bad enough, he was then picking the ball out of his net.
Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a fantastic cross for Sergio Aguero to poke to ball home after 43 minutes.
‘Boro came so close to going in at the break all square but all Valdes had to show for his heroics in the first-half is a very nasty injury and a one-nil deficit.
Now that City have made the breakthrough, Valdes and the Middlesbrough defence will have to make sure the floodgates don’t open in the second 45 minutes.
The goalkeeper may be a little hesitant to dive to his right, though, with that horrible graze on his leg.
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