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Casillas Out For 2/3 Months

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas faces up to three months on the sidelines with a hand injury.

The decorated Spaniard had surgery on Friday after breaking a metacarpal bone during Los Blancos' Copa del Rey last-eight second leg tie with Valencia.

Dr Manuel del Cerro told reporters: "The operation went very well.

"The broken fragments have been reduced and two screws fitted. He has had a total reconstruction. The screws will stay inside. They are 17 milimetres long and two millimetres wide.

"The recovery period is eight to 12 weeks. It is better to wait and not talk about deadlines.

"It was much better than I expected. He [Casillas] is OK, but a little sleepy. Now he will spend three weeks in a cast, and we will go step by step so that he can recover without any consequences."

Casillas's unavailability prompted Real to recruit keeper Diego Lopez from Sevilla this week.

The capital club released a statement, which said: "Real Madrid C.F. and Sevilla F.C. have reached an agreement for the transfer of Diego Lopez who will stay with the club until the end of the 2016/17 season." 

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