If Vicente del Bosque is considering replacing Iker Casillas, he'll have precious few options after David de Gea was ruled out for at least Spain's next match with a hip injury.
Colombian football journalist Juan Arango reported the news on Sunday:
David De Gea out of the World Cup due to hip muscle injury. #ESP— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) June 15, 2014
Eurosport.com confirmed that De Gea will only be out for the group stage:
BREAKING: David De Gea ruled out of the rest of the GROUP STAGE with injury @EurosportCom_ES confirm to us.— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) June 15, 2014
Spain later released a statement on De Gea's status:
MEDICAL REPORT | De Gea will not train train this afternoon due to muscular discomfort in the gluteal region http://t.co/KXImFNKRzk— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) June 15, 2014
Casillas had a terrible time against the Dutch in Spain's 5-1 defeat, which led some to call for Del Bosque starting the Manchester United No. 1 instead against Chile on Wednesday. With De Gea out, that task could fall to Pepe Reina, per Tom Coast of the Sardine Trawler:
De Gea with a hip injury. Does that mean Pepe Reina could start vs Chile? That would be very interesting.— Tom Coast (@thcoast) June 15, 2014
With De Gea out, Del Bosque will likely stay with Casillas because Reina has been known to commit a howler or two himself. Plus, the Real Madrid goalkeeper can't be much worse than he was against the Dutch.
If De Gea can get back in time for the knockout stages, it would be a boost for La Roja. But given their earlier performance, their place in the round of 16 is far from assured.