Knee injury ends Valdes' Barca career early

The Liga champions - who sealed victory on Wednesday at Camp Nou courtesy of a Neymar brace and a goal from Lionel Messi - have confirmed that Valdes tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after landing awkwardly when making a routine save from a free-kick midway through the first half.

With the Spain goalkeeper having already revealed that he will leave the club at the end of the season when his current contract expires, Valdes appears set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and is facing the prospect of missing the FIFA World Cup in Brazil later this year.

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