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Pep Guardiola talks with David Villa at the hotel. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ (FCB).

David Villa felt the affection that his teammates have for him after he returned to the hotel from his hospital visit. In a wheelchair and with a heavily bandaged left leg, El Guaje was encouraged while he received the support from his team. The Director of the Sport Area, Andoni Zubizarreta and Pep Guardiola made it a point to stay and chat with the striker.

Villa will be out of action for four to five months because of a fractured tibia sustained in the game against Al-Sadd. In the coming hours he will return to Barcelona, via Frankfurt, to undergo surgery.


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