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The veteran captain will not play on Saturday and is also looking doubtful for the Champions League clash against Chelsea after picking up an injury midweek

Valencia midfielder David Albelda will miss the upcoming encounter against Sevilla after suffering a spinal contusion on Wednesday, according to Superdeporte.es.

The captain started in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona but was sacrificed for Tino Costa in the second half after landing on his back as a result of being undercut after a challenge in the air.

The fan favourite will rest for the next 48 hours as the medical staff continue to monitor his recovery.

On top of missing the game on Saturday, Albelda may not feature in the Champions League clash against Chelsea on Wednesday, but no decision has been made as of yet.

Tino Costa looks set to replace the midfielder for the next fixture, with Hedwiges Maduro also an option.

Mehmet Topal, Valencia's other defensive midfielder and occasional starter, is also out with an injury.

Valencia currently sit at the summit of La Liga with 10 points, one ahead of both Malaga and Betis.

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