Spanish national team striker David Villa will sit out for six months after sustaining a broken leg in Barcelona's victory over Al Sadd in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.
Villa's injury came in as a big loss for Barcelona and the Spanish national team, who is preparing to defend their crows in the upcoming European Championship in June.
With 51 goals in 82 internationals, Villa is considered Spain's most potent attacking weapon upfront along with Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
Spain's national coach Del Bosque was saddened by Villa's injury, but remains optimistic his premier striker will reach tip-top shape soon.
"Some players heal faster than others," Del Bosque told AFP Thursday.
For the meantime, Del Bosque is expected to tap Valencia's Roberto Soldado to assume Villa's role on the field.
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