When the news that Iker Casillas' injury would rule the Real Madrid captain out for up to three months, it didn't take the club long to draft in a replacement (per the club's official website), with key games fast approaching.
Jose Mourinho's experiment with Antonio Adan did not go exactly to plan. The young backup shipped three goals against Malaga, and then got sent off after five minutes at Real Sociedad.
With Manchester United in the Champions League looming and the small matter of a El Clasico double-header starting next week, Casillas' absence was in danger of destabilizing the team, in the words of Raphael Varane to the Associated Press (h/t Sports Illustrated).
Enter former cantera keeper Diego Lopez, who was understudy to Casillas between 2005 and 2007. It's taken five and a half years and a wild swing of Alvaro Arbeloa's boot for the former Villarreal and Sevilla stopper to get his chance at Real, but Lopez is a safe pair of hands when Real's season is in the balance.
Barcelona, for one, are only too familiar with the 31-year-old from Galicia.