Adriano scored twice in the first half to give the Catalans a two-goal cushion at the break, but the game was overshadowed on 39 minutes when Villa landed awkwardly and was carried off on a stretcher. It was later confirmed he had suffered a fracture to the tibia in his left leg. Seydou Keita and Maxwell added two more after the restart to complete the scoring, but the Villa injury took the gloss off what was an emphatic win against opposition not in the same league as their European counterparts.
The news of Villa’s injury comes in a week when Barca boss Pep Guardiola had dismissed claims the Spain striker was on his way out of the Camp Nou. Speculation was rife after the 30-year-old was left out of the starting line-up for last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernab