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Valbuena, 32, had only been on the pitch for seven minutes when he suffered the injury during his club's 3-1 home defeat to Guingamp.
ESPN FC's club and national correspondents run down the players who may consider themselves unfortunate not to be in the running.
McCourt has promised to plough €200 million into the squad over the next four seasons, yet Tapie remains unsure.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer break down this week's Player Power Rankings.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to resume their annual battle for the Ballon d'Or after both were named in the list of 30 nominees.
Brazil international has said he wants to "make his life in Paris" despite interest from Barca.