Yokohama: Barcelona striker David Villa is facing a long spell on the sidelines after he broke the tibia in his left leg during the team's 4-0 victory over Al-Sadd in the Club World Cup semifinals on Thursday.
Villa was vying with two opposition defenders in the 37th minute when he landed awkwardly. The Spanish star immediately fell to the ground and called for help. He was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
Barcelona said on its website that Villa had been taken to hospital for tests.