Today’s bad news for longtime FC Barcelona fans may be this summer’s bad news for Spanish National Team fans. Barcelona did win their match against Celta Vigo, but 22 minutes in, their starting goalkeeper Victor Valdes sustained a harsh injury. He was carried off the pitch in a stretcher, and I think the hearts of his fans followed him off. When a player cannot walk off the pitch, it is obvious the injury will not be one that will heal quickly.
It was later revealed that Valdes had torn his ACL and would be needing surgery. The recovery time would most definitely mean he would be out for the next few months, which means his career at Barcelona is over after 12 long years. This is because last May, Valdes announced he would not be renewing his contact with the club, which ends in June. It must be a terrible way to go out, and I think Valdes is feeling it, as is Barcelona and their fans. He was a star goalkeeper for the powerhouse club.
To add insult to injury, Valdes will also have to miss the World Cup this summer. These last couple months are crucial for team assessment, and players will be selected for the roster before Valdes is even fit enough to play. It really is a bummer, because prior to his injury, he was competing with Iker Casillas for the top spot. Personally, I don’t think Valdes’ absence will cause trouble for Spain. Between Casillas and Pepe Reina, I think Spain has the net covered.
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