Pay per head sportsbooks believe that Victor Valdes’ career at Barca could be over as the player needs surgery on a serious knee injury suffered in the 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo.
The Liga champions – who on Wednesday sealed a win at Camp Nou thanks to a Neymar brace and a Lionel Messi goal – confirmed that Valdes’ anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee was torn after the player awkwardly landed when he was making a routine save from a free-kick in the middle of the first half, leaving many fans and pay per head sportsbooks very concerned.
As Valdes already revealed that at the end of the season he will leave the club when his current contract comes to an end, the player appears to be set for a long spell on the sidelines and faces the possibility of not playing later this year in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and pay per head sportsbooks know that this is no good news for the fans.
The 32-year-old played more than 500 times for Barca since making his breakthrough over 10 year ago, and the player helped the club win the UEFA Champions League three times and clinch six La Liga titles.
Price per head services saw that the Spain goalkeeper was taken off on a stretcher – then he went to hospital before the full extent of his injury became clear, and head coach Gerardo Martino said that it was a “heavy blow”.
“We’ve been through a lot this season,” he said.
“I thought everything that could happen had happened already. Obviously I was wrong. It’s a heavy blow to Victor. We’ll all try to overcome it.
“The group is hit hard but will continue to fight and overcome this. I don’t want any excuses. We have everything at hand.
“I haven’t seen Victor, nor have I talked to him. When (Valdes’ replacement, Jose) Pinto went down I thought that’s all we were missing.
“(But) I’d rule out signing another goalkeeper unless we suffer another misfortune.”
And pay per head sportsbooks learned that Andoni Zubizarreta, Barcelona sporting director, echoed Martino’s feelings, saying that the win was an “expensive” one.
“It’s very bad luck,” he added. “This was an expensive three points. We’ll have to be more together in adversity.
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“We saw that in the second half, Pinto was extraordinary. But we feel very bad. This victory has cost us a lot. We all feel pain.”