Tests today have confirmed that Victor Valdés has torn muscle fibre in his right calf and will be sidelined for approximately six weeks. Valdés will miss the games with Granada, Ajax, Athletic Club, Celtic, Villarreal and Getafe. His target will be to return against Elche on Jan 5.
With a lot of talk about signing new goalkeepers, this will be a good chance for José Manuel Pinto to demonstrate his abilities. Pinto celebrated his 38th birthday earlier this month so there will obviously be a question over whether his age is catching up with him. However, since signing for Barça in 2008, the Andalusian keeper has improved with each season and a good run in the team now could earn him a place in next season’s squad.
There is a fair argument to sign two keepers for next season, and the idea of bringing in both Marc-André Ter Stegen and Pepe Reina to battle for the first-team place doesn’t seem a bad option. However, Pinto has done a very good job as our second keeper, despite the odd moment of madness, and if he can show he has lost none of his agility then he deserves the chance to continue for another season.