'We'll win it for Villa'

'We'll win it for Villa'

The Spanish giants crushed Qatar's Al Sadd 4-0 in Yokohama, hardly breaking sweat, but the victory was marred by the injury to Villa, who snapped his left shin in the first half.

"The players all felt sick for David after the game," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola told reporters.

"They are very down. I told them it can happen to anyone at any time. David is going to be out for a long time and now we will have to win the Club World Cup without him. It will take a long time to return from this kind of break,” the coach said.

The Catalans closed training to the media on Friday following the injury blow to Villa, who is expected to be out for up to five months. "This will be an extremely difficult time for David," Barcelona captain Carles Puyol said, echoing the sentiments of his coach.

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