Bombshell for Real Madrid as Iker Casillas is ruled out for 12 weeks
Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, who injured his hand in the Copa Del Rey Last 8 against Valencia, is expected to be out for a minimum of 12 weeks.
The talismatic captain of Real Madrid has been ruled out for 12 weeks. This comes as a major blow to the already stuttering campaign of Los Blancos, who already suffered this season when Casillas was benched by Mourinho in a 3-2 loss to Malaga.
It will mean a return to duty for back-up Antonio Adan, who has replaced Casillas between the sticks when the latter was dropped. Iker Casillas had surgery today for a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of the left hand by Dr. Miguel del Cerro, who estimates the goalkeeper to be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.
The operation was perfomed at the “Blessed Mary Anne of Jesus” hospital in Madrid and “went very well” according to the surgeon. Dr. Del Cerro went on to explain that he removed “several broken fragments in the hand and reinfoced the strenght with two screws”.
This injury was sustained during a Copa del Rey match against Valencia when his team mate Alvaro Arbeloa accidentally kicked the keeper's hand while trying to boot the ball. As the thumb and wrist are the parts mainly affected by this accident, it is unlikely that he will be able to resume his normal duties before the time prescribed by the doctors.
With their fierce rivals Barcelona already out of sights in the race to the league title, this injury has the potential to completely wreck Real Madrid's 2012-13 campaign. With Copa Del Rey and Champions League glory being the only realistic dream, Madrid would have to make do without their captain when the face Manchester United and Barcelona.
Much will now rest on the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo to help the Los Blancos salvage something from their wreak of a season. Madridistas will be hoping Iker Casillas makes a speedy recovery and comes back stronger than ever.