Today’s win against Celta de Vigo was a good one for FC Barcelona, as they are still battling to win it all this season. Sadly for them though, the team will have to play the last two months of the campaign without one of their iconic players.
In the contest against Los Celestes, long-time goalkeeper Victor Valdés suffered an injury and he was carted off the field with something that appeared to be serious, but the reports afterwards weren’t encouraging. The Spain international tore his ACL, and he won’t be able to continue playing through the reminder of the season. But that’s not all — the injury means the star keeper will also miss every single chance to feature for his country in the 2014 World Cup.
The injury is a huge blow for both Spain and FC Barcelona, as Valdés was a key player, but the implications are even worst for him. Knowing this was going to be his last season with Los Blaugranas, Valdés wanted to end his Barcelona career winning some silverware, but he will have to watch the rest of the season far away from the pitch.
It’s clearly not the ending Valdes – or any historic player – would want, but this goes to show that soccer is a devastating sport every time injuries occur. No player is safe from the risk, and unfortunately for FC Barcelona, they have now lost one of the best – and most influential players – for what it seems to be a tough stretch that includes the final games in La Liga, the Copa del Rey final and the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
They will have to play all those games – and possibly beyond – without their best goalkeeper.