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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Villa given 'slim' hope of returning


Barcelona, Spain — Barcelona striker David Villa has only a slim chance of playing for Barcelona again this season and could also miss the 2012 European Championship after undergoing surgery on his broken leg on Monday.

One of the doctors who performed the operation said the 30-year-old Spain international would be sidelined for four to five months.

"The chances (of him playing this season) are slim, but it cannot be ruled out," Dr. Ramon Cugat said. "The timetable of four to five months is tight, yet there is hope. He has his goal to reach.

"Tomorrow he will begin his recovery, beginning to move his ankle. In three days he will be on crutches, and in five weeks we will remove the screws."

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