Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 victory over Celta de Vigo during their latest La Liga match with Neymar scoring on 2 occasions and Messi also managing to mark his name on the score-sheet but the triumph came with a hefty price as Victor Valdes suffered a potentially season ending injury during the match.
Valdes performed a save from a free-kick but he landed awkwardly on his knee and had to be removed from the pitch. The Spanish goalkeeper was already playing what would be his last season with Barcelona but at this point, it’s doubtful if he will be able to make it back in time before the campaign ends.
Barcelona said in a statement after the match: "Valdes has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will require surgery."
Jose Manuel Pinto replaced Victor Valdes for the remainder of the match and it is expected that Pinto will also be taking over the goalkeeper spot for Barcelona for the remaining matches of the season as Valdes is not only expected to miss out the next La Liga fixtures with Barcelona but there is a chance that he will not be recovered in time for the upcoming World Cup.
Valdes was expected to compete with Iker Casillas for a starting place in Vicente del Bosque’s starting lineup but it may be very well over for the Barcelona goalkeeper who will have to conclude his career in La Liga not the way he probably desired.
After a few minutes of treatment in the pitch, he was stretched out of the playing ground with his gloves covering his face. A few days ago Valdes revealed his admiration for the Premier League but still remains unsure where his next football destination will be after he leaves Barcelona.