Valdes, surrounded by his teammates, gestures as he lies injured on the pitch during their match against Celta Vigo. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
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Barcelona are unlikely to bring in an emergency replacement for injured goalkeeper Victor Valdes, but the team are keeping their options open, coach Gerardo Martino said Friday.The goalkeeper will almost certainly miss the rest of the La Liga campaign and the World Cup after tearing a cruciate ligament in his right knee in Wednesday's 3-0 La Liga win at home to Celta Vigo, and he is due to undergo surgery in Germany Monday.It was a bitter blow for the 32-year-old, who has probably played his last game for Barca as he is leaving his boyhood club at the end of the season. As well as Pinto and Valdes, Barca also have B team goalkeeper Oier Olazabal registered in their Champions League squad.Chasing a fifth La Liga title in six years, Barca are second in the standings with eight games left, a point behind Atletico Madrid ahead of their game at Athletic Bilbao Saturday.
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