20 December 2011

Villa is expected to recover in four to five months after successful shinbone surgery

The Asturian player successfully underwent surgery this afternoon to repair his fractured shinbone and is expected to recover in four to five months.

Doctor Cugat said that the player’s chances of reaching the Champions League final are “small,” but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility considering the striker’s “eagerness and state of mind”.

This afternoon Doctor Ramon Cugat and Doctor Ricard Pruna performed surgery on David Villa’s fractured shinbone. The surgical team performed an osteosynthesis procedure and introduced an intramedullary rod (IM nail) in the player’s left leg. The player will remain at hospital for three to four days and he’s expected to make a full recovery within four to five months.

Upon concluding the operation, Doctor Cugat and Doctor Pruna held a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs press room in the Camp Nou to explain the procedure.

Doctor Cugat, when asked if the striker would be fit before a hypothetical Champions League final on May 19th, said, “Villa’s options of playing this season are small but we can’t dismiss the possibility.” The doctor isn’t ruling out the chance of seeing Villa on the pitch before the end of the season, “it’s close, but there is a possibility of him coming back seeing that eagerness and state of mind are very important factors.” He added, “he’s upbeat and he hopes to be ready for the Champions League final and the Euro Championship. He will set the deadlines.”

Doctor Pruna, who has been with the player since he broke his shinbone in the Club World Cup semifinal in Japan, said, “he was upbeat in Yokohama. He had the spirit to heal immediately and that’s good.” He added that Villa was smiling once the operation had concluded, “his emotional state is perfect.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)