Updates from Tuesday, April 1
Victor Valdes posted a video and statement on YouTube thanking fans for their support, "Thank you very much to everyone for the messages of support and strength, is an honor for me as a person all that I have received these last few days ..."
Updates from Monday, March 31
Barcelona have confirmed how long Victor Valdes is expected to be sidelined as a result of his knee surgery:
The Barça keeper has been operated on by doctors Ulrich Boenisch and Ricard Pruna in Augsburg (Germany) for the anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered last week. The knee’s internal cartilage has been sewn up and the operation was concluded successfully. Valdes will be out of action for approximately seven months.
Updates from Wednesday, March 26
Barcelona have confirmed Victor Valdes will undergo surgery on a torn ACL:
BREAKING NEWS: Victor Valdés suffers ACL tear: The Club's medical services confirm that the player will need surgery http://t.co/PwUTCl6Uah— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 26, 2014
Guillem Balague of AS.com initially provided the discouraging news:
according to Diario Sport, Valdes has tore his cruciate, 6 months to recover— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 26, 2014
Valdes will have the surgery on Monday according to Barcelona:
Víctor Valdés will undergo surgery on Monday in Germany: http://t.co/tS1cQ9nBNW— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 27, 2014
As Barcelona continue to battle with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for position atop La Liga, they may have to do so without Victor Valdes in goal for a while.
During the Catalans' match against Celta Vigo on Wednesday night, the 32-year-old Spaniard was carted off and then replaced by Pinto in the 22nd minute, according to the club's official Twitter feed:
Min 22: Valdés is carted off the pitch, and asks to be subbed. #FCBLive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 26, 2014
There aren't many known details at this point, but the particulars of the injury provided by AS.com don't exactly paint an encouraging picture:
Valdés blocks the free-kick and jumping for the rebound he's hurt himself.— AS English (@English_AS) March 26, 2014
As soon as Valdés went down he shouted for medical attention. Right knee.— AS English (@English_AS) March 26, 2014
This has the potential to be a terrible blow for Barca, whose weakest backup position is arguably at keeper. Not only did they enter Matchday 30 a single point behind Real and Atletico in Spain, but as ESPN's Dermot Corrigan noted, they have a crucial Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Diego Simeone's squad on the horizon:
Valdes off on trolley with what looks a pretty serious knee problem. Pinto coming on. Big problem for Barca with CL v Atletico looming...— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) March 26, 2014
The first leg is on April 1, and if Valdes is unable to go, Pinto, who has made just six appearances across La Liga and the UCL this season, will be called upon to fill in.
Moreover, if the injury proves serious, Valdes may be at risk of missing the World Cup with Spain in June.