Fresh from equalling Raul's record of 44 goals with the Spanish national team, David Villa has revealed that he will be fit to start Barcelona's upcoming league encounter against his old club Valencia. Eager to face his former teammates on Saturday evening, Villa has managed to shake off a knee problem he picked up in the last minute of Spains match against Scotland, in time to line up for one of the most important matches of his career.
David Villa spent five goal-filled years at the Mestalla, years he feels moulded him into the footballer he is today. 'Valencia have given me everything and it will be an incredibly special occasion, simply because of all those memories over the years and the special bond I have with many of the players that remain there today' said Villa, in anticipation of what is guaranteed to be an emotional night for the man known as 'El Guaje' (The Kid).
Regardless of his record-equalling exploits in midweek, Villa hasn't enjoyed the most fruitful couple of weeks, struggling for form for both club and country. He has looked a shadow of the striker normally so cool and clinical in front of goal, spurning chances that he would have tucked away with consummate ease only months ago. But having already notched an all-important winner against his childhood idols Sporting Gijon, don't bet against David Villa grabbing another against his former employers.