Barcelona's Pedro: David Villa injury an added motivation for us

The attacker believes the setback that the former Valencia man has suffered has the potential to spur the team on in their quest to conquer the world once again
Pedro believes David Villa's injury could act as further motivation for Barcelona.

The 30-year-old striker was stretched off with a fractured tibia in the first half of Barcelona's 4-0 victory over Al Sadd in the Club World Cup, and is expected to undergo surgery on Saturday.

Pedro believes the Catalans have the mental strength to overcome the setback, and go on to achieve great things this season.

"The news [about Villa's injury] shocked the whole team. We saw him after the meeting, and he was optimistic. With the support of the team he will recover soon," Pedro told Marca.

"Villa is looking forward to being in the Champions League final in Munich. For us this is an extra motivation, because he was excited to be in the Club World Cup final as it was his first participation."

Pedro's sentiments were shared by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, who was disappointed to find out about the striker's injury.

He said: "Villa's injury is a fatality. It is bad news, and especially for him as he will not be able to play with his team in the coming months."

The coach concluded by saying that the striker's absence is "a significant loss", but "hopefully a temporary one".

Villa has made 23 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season, scoring nine goals.