David de Gea has leg injury, in doubt for rest of World Cup group games

The injury, revealed on Sunday, is likely to keep the Manchester United keeper out for 10 days, ending talk for now of his replacing Iker Casillas in Spain's line-up.
David de Gea shown during a Spain training session for the 2014 World Cup on June 12, 2014. Ali Haider / EPA
David de Gea shown during a Spain training session for the 2014 World Cup on June 12, 2014. Ali Haider / EPA

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has a leg injury and could be out for the rest of the World Cup group stage.

The Manchester United keeper underwent medical scans on Sunday that revealed a leg muscle strain, with the defending champions listing him as day-to-day.

Spanish media reports suggest De Gea will be sidelined for up to 10 days, ruling him out of the final two Group B matches against Chile and Australia. De Gea recently made his debut for Spain.

Captain and regular goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ poor play in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Netherlands had given De Gea a possible chance to take over the starting role.

Pepe Reina is the only other goalie available to the world and European champions going into Wednesday’s must-win game against Chile at the Maracana.

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Published: June 16, 2014 04:00 AM

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