Whether you love or hate Barcelona, its hard not to like David Villa.
The Spain's all-time top goal scorer is, in many ways, the model professional: He rarely speaks to the media, avoids the headlines and media controversy and throughout his career has shown remarkable consistency on the field, and in particular, in front of goal.
But now, thanks to a devastating leg injury suffered in Barcelona's Club World Cup match with Al Sadd, David Villa is expected to miss about four to five months of action.
In football, the winners are often the teams that cope best with injuries.
Manchester United, for example, have been a testament to this in years past, as they have often managed to overcome the chronic injury problems of guys like Rio Ferdinand in defense and Darren Fletcher in midfield and still win titles at the end of the season.
The question is, who should FC Barcelona select to replace David Villa?
The following are five candidates who should be able to adequately (or in some cases, more than adequately) take up David Villa's position until he is fit once again.