Barcelona Star David Villa Ruled out of AC Milan Champions League Clash

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2013

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)
David Ramos/Getty Images

Four-time Champions League winner Barcelona has been dealt a blow in the lead-up to its round-of-16 clash with AC Milan. Spanish forward David Villa has ruled himself out of the clash. Villa's absence comes after the 31-year-old was hospitalized with kidney stones earlier this month.

In an interview leading up to the much anticipated tie, Villa revealed on twitter (via Goal.com) that he would not travel to Milan, choosing to fully recover from the operation to remove the stones.

"Today I returned to train with my team-mates, but after the colic of last week I am still not 100%. So we have decided to stay in Barcelona and train hard these two days! Thank you to everyone!"

Since joining Barcelona in 2010 it is fair to say that Villa has become one of the unluckiest players, injury-wise in World Football. El Guaje has been sidelined with a broken leg, thigh and ankle problems in just the last three years. A broken leg in the 2011 Club World Cup ensured that the Barcelona striker miss the entire 2011-12 season—despite only receiving a six month prognosis.

Villa's issue with kidney stones developed after Barcelona dispatched Getafe 6-1 in the La Liga.

For Villa, there is no doubting he will return to first-team action, but this was certainly a setback he of all people could've done without. Personally, I am certain he will return to his best, he is a class act and Barcelona will reap the rewards for their patience.

The remainder of the Barcelona squad will travel to Milan to face Massimo Allegri's side at the San Siro in their bid to reach the quarter finals.

Related

    Burnley Boss Dyche Is Out for the Season!

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Burnley Boss Dyche Is Out for the Season!

    Burnleyexpress
    via Burnleyexpress

    Batshuayi Calls Out Racist Atalanta Fans

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Batshuayi Calls Out Racist Atalanta Fans

    Matt Jones
    via Bleacher Report

    Dortmund Score Late to Take Down Atalanta

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Dortmund Score Late to Take Down Atalanta

    via mirror

    Police Officer Dies as Spartak Ultras Riot in Spain

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Police Officer Dies as Spartak Ultras Riot in Spain

    Gill Clark
    via Bleacher Report