The Barcelona goalkeeper came on for Iker Casillas at half-time in Johannesburg but was forced to leave the pitch with 13 minutes remaining, with initial reports suggesting that he may have torn a calf muscle in his right leg.
A statement on the Spanish Football Federation’s official website confirmed that the 31-year-old would see medics on Wednesday, in order to ascertain how serious the tear could.
'This Wednesday he will have new tests at his club to determine the exact extent of the injury. The national team doctors treated the goalkeeper immediately after he retired from the game in the 77th minute.
'They have concluded he could have suffered a torn calf in the right leg. Valdes was injured after going to clear the ball in a dangerous South African counter-attack,' it read.
Reports in Spain state that if the injury is as bad as first feared then the Barca stopper could be out of action for as long as six weeks, meaning that Tata Martino’s men could dip into the transfer market sooner than they would have wished.
Valdes is set to leave next summer when his contract at Camp Nou expires, but several outlets, including Marca, claim that the Blaugrana may attempt to sign long-term targets Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Pepe Reina in January, as opposed to next June.
Reina has been linked with Barcelona for at least 12 months, but it seems unlikely that Napoli, who have the shot-stopper on loan from Liverpool, will want to let him go early.
21-year-old Ter Stegen meanwhile, has been tracked heavily by the Spanish giants, but with the Borussia Monchengladbach man’s age, he is seen as a risk.
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