David Villa Injury: Barcelona Striker Suffers Leg Break In Club World Cup Match

David Villa of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. Villa injured his leg in a Club World Cup match against Al-Sadd on Thursday, December 15, 2011. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

David Villa suffered a broken tibia in FC Barcelona's Club World Cup match against Al-Sadd on Thursday. He is likely out for the year and will struggle to make Spain's Euro 2012 team.

Barcelona striker David Villa is going to be out for an extended period of time, possibly for the entire remainder of the season. In the FIFA Club World Cup Semifinal match against Asian champions Al-Sadd, Villa suffered an awkward landing in the 35th minute and had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher, then replaced by substitute Alexis Sanchez. It looked bad at the time, but Cules probably couldn't have thought it was this bad. FC Barcelona confirmed that Villa suffered a fractured tibia, and that he was taken to a hospital in Japan. The injury could keep him out up to six months.

Villa has not been in top form over the past year and was not picked to start against Real Madrid in El Clasico this past Saturday. Regardless, he's still one of the most lethal finishers in world football and one of the most recognizable faces in world football. His injury leaves Barcelona thin up top, meaning that Isaac Cuenca is going to have to become a key contributor faster than anyone thought.

For more on Villa and Barcelona, visit FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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