Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves set to be out for around six months due to torn anterior cruciate ligamentValencia's goalkeeper Diego Alves catches the ball during their La Liga match against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 9th May, 2015
Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves is set to be out for around six months due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The Brazil international - capped eight times since 2011 - suffered the injury in a 3-2 win over his former club Almería on Saturday.
While that result ensured Valencia secured a UEFA Champions League berth for next season, the loss of Alves for an extended period will be considered a major blow.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, as reported by Sporting Life, Valencia confirmed the extent of Alves’ injury and noted that he will need surgery to rectify the issue.
"Tests done have confirmed that Diego Alves has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn external meniscus in his right knee,” read the notice.
"The player will have to undergo surgery.”
Alves’ injury has already cost him his place in Brazil’s Copa América squad, with Fiorentina's Neto replacing him, while he is now set to miss the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
The 29 year-old has grown into one of La Liga’s best and most consistent goalkeepers since joining Valencia from Almería in July 2011 for a reported fee of €3 million.
In 129 appearances for Los Che, he has kept 44 clean sheets, with 13 of those coming this season.
His place in the starting line up for the beginning of next term will likely be taken by Yoel, if he remains at Valencia, after being loaned from Celta de Vigo this season.