Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has picked up an injury not long after appearing in action for newly promoted side Middlesbrough FC.

Barely a week after making his Premier League debut in the season’s curtain raiser against Stoke City, his injury had resurfaced. The 34-year old Spain international was ruled out of the team’s list when they played Sunderland as he had picked up a muscle injury during training. He is set to miss the matches against Fulham and West Brom as his hamstring injury continues to hinder him.

Valdes has made just 11 appearances since March 2014 as his struggles with injuries continue. The six time La Liga champion and three time Champions League winner’s form has dropped over the years, with the injuries worsening the situation. Ahead of the second round clash in the EFL against Fulham on Thursday, Aitor Karanka said Valdes would not be available. When Boro take on West Brom in the next round of Premier League games, Valdes remains a major doubt.

“He’s not available for tomorrow because muscle injuries sometimes fool you. On this occasion it was one of them – we didn’t think it was serious but for sure he won’t play tomorrow. I need to check 100%, but today I can’t say that he’ll play on Sunday. It’s his hamstring,” Karanka revealed.

Options exist in Brad Guzan, Tomas Mejias and Dimi Konstantopoulos. Karanka would just have to select the right choice to start at Craven Cottage. The manager added that Daniel Ayala, Fabio da Silva, and Jordan Rhodes are all likely to start the game in West London. After all the games played this week in the EFL second round, teams would square up against each other in their various league this weekend, with the new entrants into the Premier League not doing bad so far.