Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas will reportedly have surgery tomorrow, before facing a face against time to return to face Manchester United.
Initial tests revealed that the player had fractured the base of the first metacarpal in his hand – his thumb – with speculation being that he could face up to three months out.
However, reports since indicate that club doctors are hopeful of recovery between six and eight weeks, after surgery on the injury, which is believed to be scheduled for Friday morning.
The club’s medics are understood to be targeting a comeback by at least the second leg of the Last 16 Champions League meeting with Manchester United, set for March 5.
It is believed that Casillas will almost certainly miss the first leg on February 13, as well as five League fixtures and possible also both legs of the Copa del Rey semi-final, which will be against either Malaga or Barcelona.