Having picked up an injury against Valencia in second leg of Copa del Rey, Iker Casillas, will be out for two to three months it has been confirmed. He underwent an hour long operation earlier today by clubs’ doctors in assistance of another expert in the medical field – Dr. Del Cerro.
The operation went off successfully says Carlos Diez, heading the operation. He said two bolts have been placed in Iker’s hand to get the restructuring process going and now it’s time to let Casillas recover.
He will be out for two months for sure and anything less than three months will be considered a “success” confirmed the doctors speaking to journalists in the hospital.
With Iker out, it raises the question of what are Real Madrid’s options?
1. Stick with Antonio Adan as first option now and keep either Tomas Mejias or Jesus Fernandez as backup options : Before the season started, it was reported than Adan wants his way out if not given any chances to feature. He was then convinced to stay by making him a permanent choice in Copa del Rey games and another games as possible. But as luck would have it, Iker’s performance dipped and this gave Mourinho the opportunity to take a brave step and put Adan in goal ahead of Iker (first real glimpse of it was against Malaga in La Liga). Iker did return to become first choice but then his injury happened. Now, should Mourinho and Real Madrid stick with Adan and give him the opportunity to show his talent or should the remainder of January window be used to bring in a goalkeeper? Either way, neither options are going to boost Adan’s confidence much. Not temporarily at least. This raises another point, why would a goalkeeper come in as a backup for Adan? If a player will be signed, Adan will go back as second choice and the pattern will continue.
2. If Real Madrid do sign a goalkeeper, what are good options?
a. Andres Fernandez (Osasuna) – Osasuna’s Andres Fernandez aged 26 is one of the options to replace Iker Casillas in goal. He is first choice goalkeeper at Osasuna and his contract runs till 2015. His buyout clause is of nine million euros.
b. Diego Lopez (Sevilla) – Diego Lopez is a Real Madrid canterano and has played for the first team in the past. He was a backup option for Iker Casillas in goal and made two appearances in the league in 2005/06 season along with a Champions League game. After being first choice for Villarreal for five years, he shifted to Sevilla when the Yellow Submarine were relegated. He moved to Sevilla for 3.5m euros and he’s featured in only two games so far.
c. Miguel Angel Moya (Getafe) – 28 year old Moya started off with Real Mallorca’s youth ranks and then moved to first team. He then spent little time at Valencia before moving on to Getafe in 2011 on a four year contract.
These are the choices for Real Madrid and Mourinho to quickly solve the absence of Iker. There are more permanent options but if explored, they will be done in the summer.