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:
Eurosport.com confirmed that De Gea will only be out for the group stage:
Spain later released a statement on De Gea's status:
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:
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.
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