It could one day be known as the injury heard around the world.
Reports coming from Spain on Sunday indicated that David Villa, back with the national team after a three-year absence, has been ruled out of the Spanish side’s match Tuesday at Liechtenstein with an adductor injury.
According to several published reports, Villa suffered the injury in practice the day after he earned his 98th cap for Spain. While he was ruled out of Spain’s World Cup qualifier, the extent of his injury is unknown.
According to a report on MLSSoccer.com, the Spanish national team announced that Villa will be returning to the U.S. and rejoin New York City FC. The MLS side as of Sunday night had not commented on Villa’s injury or how much time the 2016 league Most Valuable Player could miss if any.
With NYCFC sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference three points ahead of the Chicago Fire having played one match fewer than their Windy City rival, Villa’s possible absence could have a major impact on the playoff race.
As of September 3, the New York City captain leads MLS with 19 goals and also has eight assists. The team has eight matches remaining with the next game set for September 6 at home vs. Sporting Kansas City.