Barcelona Víctor Valdés damaged his anterior cruciate ligament last week in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, meaning he will miss the rest of the Catalan club’s La Liga and Champions League campaigns.
Furthermore, his injury will put a dent in Spain’s World Cup hopes. Valdés had surgery in Germany on Monday, and club officials confirmed that he will be until at least October, well into next year’s European football season.
Unfortunately for Valdés he will miss out on his prime opportunity to start for the national Spain side. Veteran Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Diego Lopez (Real Madrid) and youngster David de Gea (Manchester United) will now be thrust into the spotlight, as they
are the early favourites to start in goal for Spain.
Valdés announced his intention last summer to leave Barcelona at the conclusion of this season. The 'keeper had made 535 appearances for the Catalan side since his debut over a decade ago. In that time he managed to successfully win the La Liga titles six times, the Copa del Rey twice and the Champions League three times.
Individually, Valdés was awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy a record tying five times for being the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio in La Liga.
Prior to his injury Valdés was linked with numerous English teams (Manchester City, Liverpool, etc) and had recently stated that he found the Premier League “attractive”. Prior to the injury both the goalkeeper and Barcelona management were at peace with the separation and in the last stages of bidding farewell.
It is rumoured that Barcelona will offer Valdés a contract renewal out of good faith if he can’t find another club to join this summer due to his ACL knee injury.
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