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Victor Valdés' Barcelona Career Over After He Suffers Knee Injury (PICTURES)

Victor Valdés has played his final game for Barcelona and will miss this summer's World Cup after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday night.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper, who has long planned to leave the Camp Nou at the end of his contract in June, fell awkwardly while saving a free-kick from Fabián Orellana in the 22nd minute of the match, and could be seen crying as he left the pitch on a cart.

Valdés was carried off on a stretcher as Barça won 3-0 against Celta

"Victor Valdés suffered an ACL tear on 22 minutes after saving a free-kick," Barça confirmed. "The club's medical services confirm that he will need surgery."

Orellana's free-kick appeared to catch Valdés wrong-footed, and although he was able to make the stop he had to dive forward to gather the rebound, and it was then he suffered the injury.

FC Barcelona v RC Celta de Vigo - La Liga

Victor Valdés

He immediately called for help and was replaced by Sergio Pinto, who went on to make a fine double save in Barca's win.

The injury leaves an immediate question mark over Valdés's future as it will complicate any move to a new club this summer, while it will come as a blow to Vicente Del Bosque as he finalises his World Cup plans.

Barça boss Gerardo Martino bemoaned the news, telling his media conference: "It's a very hard blow. But this team has lived blow to blow for a long time and we will move forward."