Valdes expects to return for Barcelona in January

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes says he expects to be ready

to play by early January.

Valdes tore a muscle in his right calf playing a friendly for

Spain at South Africa in November, and was ruled out for about six


Valdes says his recovery ”has gone faster than we expected and

according to the latest tests and how I feel I believe I am


He has targeted Barcelona’s home match against Elche on Jan. 5

to make his return.

Valdes, who has said on repeated occasions that he will leave

Barcelona when his contract expires next summer, says he has not

reached an agreement with another club.