David Villa’s recall to the Spanish national team was quite a big deal to those who follow MLS closely — confirmation that the respect afforded the league continues to grow — thus an adductor injury which will almost certainly rule him out of La Furia Roja‘s next game will hit as equally sad news.
That’s the word passed down on Sunday, from the Spanish federation. Julen Lopetegui’s side visits Liechtenstein on Tuesday, needing a victory to remain three points clear of second-place in Group G of World Cup qualifying.
The 35-year-old suffered the injury in training on Sunday, a day after earning his 98th cap upon return from a three-year absence from the team. Prior to Saturday’s two-minute sub appearance, Villa last played for Spain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It’s completely within the realm of possibility that Villa ends up making the roster for the World Cup in Russia next summer. All it would take is an injury to the likes of Alvaro Morata and/or Pedro, combined with Diego Costa’s current predicament, and suddenly Villa is the no. 1 or no. 2 striker striker available.
Of course, that scenario would also require Villa to avoid injury himself (not all too unlikely) and continue to set MLS alight in the meantime (highly likely).
New York City FC, Villa’s club team, currently sit second in the Eastern Conference, three points clear of Chicago Fire in second, and have three games in a 10-day period starting on Wednesday.