Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will be out for up to three months as he recovers from a broken thumb.
The club captain went off just before half-time in Los Blancos' Copa del Rey quarter-final with Valencia on Wednesday, and underwent surgery yesterday afternoon.
Dr. Miguel del Cerro, who operated on the 31-year-old told AS today, “Everything went well. I have reduced the broken fragments and synthesized with two 17mm x 2mm screws. It went better than expected as I was able to reconstruct the joint perfectly.
“I do not like talking about deadlines, but he will be sidelined for anywhere between eight to 12 weeks.”
Casillas spent the night in hospital with his girlfriend before being visited by President Florentino Perez. There was no word however, on whether Jose Mourinho had been to see his goalkeeper.
The Spain international is set to miss a number of important games for the team over the next few months, including the two Champions League last 16 matches against Manchester United and the Copa del Rey semi-finals with Barcelona.