FC Barcelona striker David Villa broke his left tibia during the semi final of the Fifa Club World Cup against the Al Sadd team from Qatar
The popular striker who played in the World Cup winning Spanish national football team in South Africa in 2010, is an important part of the Barcelona team and his loss will be a blow to the team and its manager Pep Guardiola.
According to the BBC website, the incident happened thirty nine minutes into the game against the Qatari side in front of over sixty six thousand spectators in the Yokohama stadium, Japan on Dec 14. Villa seemed to fall awkwardly with no other player appearing to be involved. He was carried off the pitch on a stretcher obviously in a lot of pain. Doctors at the match made a preliminary diagnosis before the player was taken to Yokohama hospital for tests and x-rays to confirm the fracture.
Spanish newspaper El Pais confirmed that David Villa is being transferred to Barcelona by plane via Frankfurt. He is expected to undergo surgery and will be unable to play for a minimum of four to five months meaning that he will miss important matches and may even be in doubt to play for FC Barcelona in the qualifying matches for the Euro 2012 competition. There has been much speculation that the injury was caused by repeated stress to the leg but until Villa has been thoroughly examined, this theory can not be verified.
David Villa is 30 years old and is one of Spain's top goal scorers with an impressive total of 50 goals in 81 games. He was born in the northern Spanish province of Asturias. He had always wanted to be a footballer despite a serious injury to the femur of his right leg when he was a very young child. The injury forced him to strengthen both his legs making him able to play with either right or left foot. He has played with teams such as Real Zaragoza and Valencia CF before transferring to FC Barcelona in 2010 for €40 million.
FC Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, was quoted by the BBC as saying "We will have to win the Club World Cup without him but he is in our hearts". It won't just be his team mates who will be devastated at his injury but the Spanish population as a whole who have a deep affection for Villa who does a great deal of charity work.
The match in which he was injured ended in a win of 4-0 for Barcelona and the team will now surely go on to the final of the Fifa Club World Cup determined to win it for David Villa.