Now it appears he is nearing a return to action.
Villa climbed a mountain called La Mola on Wednesday along with teammate Sergio Busquets and two members of Barcelona's training staff.
He posted the above picture to his Twitter account along with this message (From @):
Today I climbed to La Mola, to 1.104 meters, with the help of Pepe Costa, Busquets and Emili Ricart
The climb is a good sign for the player last seen by most fans being stretchered off the pitch in Japan.
In February, Villa's agent said he thought the forward could be on the field again by the end of April.
That would allow him to return for what is shaping up to be a fascinating close to the La Liga season as Barcelona attempt to overhaul Real Madrid for the domestic title.
Villa joined Barcelona from Valencia in May 2010. He scored 23 goals in all competitions during his first season at the Nou Camp.
Prior to his injury, Villa had scored nine goals in 24 appearances for Pep Guardiola's team this season.
If his recovery continues on its current course, Villa is expected back in plenty of time to participate in Spain's Euro 2012 campaign.
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