Barcelona striker David Villa’s long-awaited return from injury has again been put on the back burner.
The 30-year-old has been sidelined with a broken leg since last December and will miss Barca’s friendly against Dinamo Bucharest on Saturday night.
Villa is the only member of boss Tito Vilanova’s 24-man squad who has not played on the club’s mini-tour of Sweden and Rumania, although he has participated in training sessions.
However, Mundo Deportivo maintains he is still some way from being able to play in a competitive game, while Vilanova has consistently stated there is no rush with the Spanish international and he will only be considered when the club’s doctors give him the green light.
La Blaugrana admit Villa will not be ready for either the opening La Liga game against Real Sociedad on August 19 or the Supercopa de Espana clash with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou four days later.
The aim now is believed to be for the player to step up his rehabilitation work so he can make his reappearance in around three weeks’ time against his former club Valencia.