Barcelona has confirmed that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be sidelined for seven months after undergoing successful knee surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the club’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo last week.
“Victor Valdes has been operated on this Monday morning by doctors Ulrich Boenisch and Ricard Pruna in Augsburg on his torn anterior cruciate ligament,” read a Barcelona statement.
“The knee’s internal cartilage has been sewn up and the operation was concluded successfully.”
With the October return date, the 32-year-old has likely played his last match for Barcelona, having announced his intention to leave the club last summer. Since his debut in 2002, the La Masia product has made 535 appearances for the Blaugrana, winning six La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and two Copa del Reys.
The injury also means that Valdes will miss this summer’s World Cup finals where he was expected to start in goal for holders Spain. Instead, out-of-favor Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas and Napoli netminder Pepe Reina (on loan from Liverpool) are the frontrunners to start for Vicente Del Bosque’s side. Also in consideration are Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Real Madrid starter Diego Lopez, who are expected to compete for the third goalkeeper roster spot.
For now, Del Bosque is remaining tight-lipped on who may succeed Valdes. “I don’t want to get into who might be Victor’s substitute. The first thing is to hope [Valdes] recovers well. At the moment we’ve not thought about anything else.”
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.