Valdes’ knee surgery judged a successApril 1, 2014
Victor Valdes underwent surgery on his right knee yesterday morning in Germany after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the match against Celta last Wednesday. Valdes landed awkwardly after making a save and was clearly in agony as he was attended by medical staff and appeared to be in tears as he was stretchered off.
The initial assessment of the operation is that it was a success, although he faces a long period of recuperation before he is match fit. The current assessment is that it will be seven months before he plays again, meaning that he will miss the World Cup.
It also means that he has probably played his last match for Barça, given that he was determined to leave the club at the end of his contract this season. While he has sometimes faced criticism from fans when the club was not winning as much as they would like, he has been a mainly consistent and dedicated member of the squad throughout his first team career and will be missed.
Although it is certainly not the way he would have planned on bowing out at Barcelona, it is inconceivable that he will not get the send off he deserves at the end of the season. Barça’s last match of the season will be against Atletico Madrid on 17/18 May and win or lose the title, Valdes is sure to get a huge cheer.
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