You would think that for all his good deeds, ‘Saint’ Iker Casillas would be rewarded with some good luck.
But the Real Madrid goalkeeper was instead dealt a cruel blow on Tuesday night, when he was injured after just 15 minutes of his long-awaited return to the starting line-up.
Casillas has been itching for the chance to prove he is still Real Madrid’s best goalkeeper, after being replaced by Diego Lopez while injured last season, and failing to win his starting berth back since then.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had promised Casillas the chance to strut his stuff against Galatasaray in the Champions League, and he would have backed himself to secure an edifying clean sheet against the Turks.
But instead he was forced off the field even before the midway point of the opening stanza, after sustaining a collision with team-mate Sergio Ramos.
Interestingly, it was a collision with team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa that ultimately led to his axing from the first-team last season, suggesting that there may be trust or communication issues between Iker and his back four.
"Iker had bad luck, that happens in football," said Cristiano Ronaldo after the game, taking time out from his hat-trick celebrations to commiserate with his ill-fated skipper.
"He did something to his ribs. He was down in the dumps but he will recover soon."
Manager Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile, says that there is a chance Casillas will be available for selection for Madrid’s La Liga clash against Getafe at the weekend.
“Hopefully Iker will be back with us in three or four days," Ancelotti said.
But what he didn’t add is that the veteran shot-stopper will likely start against Getafe on the bench, if he does recover in time for the game.