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David Villa facing Euro 2012 fitness fight after breaking tibia

The Barcelona striker could be sidelined for six months after suffering a broken leg in the World Club Cup.

Villa breaks his tibia during the World Club Cup game with Al-Sadd.
Villa breaks his tibia during the World Club Cup game with Al-Sadd.
Image: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/Press Association Images

SPAIN STRIKER DAVID Villa is set for up to six months on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg – which could mean he misses out on Euro 2012.

The Barcelona hitman sustained the injury to his left tibia 35 minutes into this morning’s World Club Cup semi-final with Qatari side Al-Sadd.

Goals from Adrian (2), Seydou Keita and Maxwell handed the Catalans a 4-0 win in Japan, which sets up a tasty showdown with Santos in the final.

Brazil’s new superstar Neymar scored this cracker yesterday in a 3-1 defeat of hosts Kashiwa Reysol, meaning one of the two clubs will be crowned the best side in the world on Sunday.

It is a major setback for the 30-year-old a day after manager Pep Guardiola denied claims that the player would be leaving Barca in January.

Spain begin their defence of the European Championship against Italy on June 10th before a meeting with Ireland in Poznan four days later.

But they may now have to do without the country’s all-time leading goalscorer for part or all of the tournament.

Here’s the incident. Squeamish readers be warned – it’s pretty nasty:

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And all the goals from Barca’s victory over Al-Sadd:

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