Nou Camp forward suffers serious injury in FIFA Club World Cup.
Barcelona forward David Villa could be ruled out of Euro 2012 after breaking his leg against Al-Sadd in the Club World Cup.
Villa had been linked with a move to a host of top Premier League clubs in January, although any move will now be put on hold until after Euro 2012.
Spain’s all-time top goal scorer now faces a major race in order to be fit for the tournament starting in June.
Despite being a phenomenal goal scorer, neither Barcelona nor Spain should have too many problems in replacing Villa.
With Fernando Torres still misfiring at Chelsea, Villa’s Barcelona compatriot Pedro will now come into the fold with the likes of Fernando Llorente sniffing around for the main centre-forward role.
With such strength in depth Spain will no doubt opt for another one of their prized “tika-taka” style players to enjoy the freedom of a front three berth. Juan Mata, Jesus Navas, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas all ridiculously adept in that role.
Former Arsenal captain Fabregas can also help fill gap left by Villa at Barcelona, with Thiago, Alexis Sanchez and new starlets Isaac Cuenca and Gerard Deulofeu waiting in the wings things can’t be bad.
Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay should return in the first quarter of 2012, but with such a serious cruciate ligament injury it is doubtful he will be pushed too hard for an early return.
While it is sorry to see David Villa pick up such a nasty injury, realistically it seems more of a problem for potential suitors than his current club and country.
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