Iker Casillas is likely to miss Real Madrid's home tie with Manchester United in the last-16 of the Champions League next month after breaking his hand.
Club skipper and ‘keeper Casillas damaged his left hand in a freak accident during Real’s Copa del Rey aggregate win over Valencia last night.
Defender Alvaro Arbeloa kicked Casillas on his hand as he was attempting to scoop up a loose ball in the box.
Casillas was forced off the field, and replaced by reserve ‘keeper Antonio Adan.
Club legend Casillas had been confident that the injury was not too serious.
"When I tried to close my fist it hurt. It's just the thumb. The fact that it has nothing to do with the wrist is good," he told Real’s official website, with his hand heavily bandaged.
But the results of a scan are in, and Casillas fractured a bone in his hand.
He has certainly been ruled out of Real's weekend La Liga match against Getafe. And it remains to be seen if he will recover in time to face the Red Devils.
Even though Jose Mourinho dropped Casillas recently, it is generally accepted that he is Real’s number one.
Bu the club will now have rely on 25-year-old Adan.
Real's assistant coach, Aitor Karanka, was forced to defend the reserve ‘keeper, after he was at fault for shipping a weak free-kick against Valencia last night.
"Adan knows we have confidence in him," Karanka said.
"He played recently and was unlucky to get sent off. He knows he is young and has to progress, and that he has our backing."