Barcelona striker David Villa has broken his left shinbone in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Al Sadd.
The 30-year-old was carried off on a stretcher six minutes before half-time after appearing to land awkwardly.
The Catalan club confirmed soon after on their website, www.fcbarcelona.cat, that Spain's all-time record scorer had "suffered a fracture to the tibia in his left leg".
On Wednesday Barca coach Pep Guardiola dismissed Spanish media reports linking Villa with a move away from the Nou Camp in the January transfer window.
Sports newspaper Marca claimed the player was ready to move on from Barca just 19 months into the four-year deal agreed following his 40million euro transfer from Valencia.
The speculation over the Spain international's future appears to have sprung from Guardiola's decision to omit the forward from his starting line-up for Saturday's 3-1 Clasico victory against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Marca - an openly pro-Real Madrid publication - sug...