Barcelona’s goalkeeper Victor Valdes has torn an ACL in his right knee, effectively sidelining him for 7 months and out of the world cup.
Valdes tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on March 26 after landing awkwardly while saving a free-kick.
The 32-year-old Spain international went under the knife in Augsburg, Germany, on Monday morning and Barca confirmed on their website the surgery had gone successfully.
Barca also announced that Valdes would likely be absent for seven months.
A statement on www.fcbarcelona.com read: “Victor Valdes has been operated on this Monday morning by doctors Ulrich Boenisch and Ricard Pruna in Augsburg on his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“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.”
The injury means Valdes will now miss this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.