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Barcelona Forward David Villa Admitted to Hospital

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 10:  David Villa of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their second goal during the Copa del Rey round of sixteen second leg match between FC Barcelona and Cordoba CF at Camp Nou on January 10, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2013

It is fair to say that Barcelona forward and Spanish International David Villa has had more than his share of injuries throughout his career. El Guaje has been sidelined with a broken leg, thigh and ankle problems in just the last three years, although this time around Villa has been sidelined with an issue of a very different—and serious if not treated—kind. Villa has been admitted to hospital with and abdominal infection.

A report on the Barcelona club website, has revealed that former Valencia man was admitted to hospital to undergo kidney stone treatment. Specifically the treatment is aimed at ridding Villa of a nephritic colic infection.

For the less medical savvy of you, what Villa has is an extremely painful version of kidney stones—not to say kidney stones aren't painful enough. Basically, the Spanish International could've suffered from dehydration brought about by his lack of football in the last few seasons.

In short, the condition is not infectious and despite being exposed to his Barcelona teammates, will not affect them.

There is no telling yet how long Villa will be out for. He will most likely miss Barcelona's clash with Granada this weekend. The issue with infection is that pain can come about in either an accute or dull manner. Depending on which sensation Villa is experiencing will affect his ability to get into rehabilitation and back onto the field.

Villa netted in Barca's 6-1 decimation of Getafe over the weekend. It was a sign that he still has what it takes to play on at Barcelona.

This setback therefore, was certainly one Villa—of all people—could've done without.

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