David de Gea a doubt for Spain

David Ramos

Manchester United's goalkeeper has missed training due to injury, and there is currently no scheduled date for his return.

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea is a doubt for his nation's remaining group games. According to a statement released by the Spanish Football Federation, the 23-year-old missed training on Sunday after experiencing "discomfort in the gluteal region" ...

The Spanish national team's medical services will evaluate day by day the goalkeeper's recovery to determine his reincorporation into the group.

... basically, he's tweaked a buttock.

De Gea travelled to Brazil as very much the third-choice keeper, behind captain Iker Casillas and Napoli's Pepe Reina. However, following Casillas' "worst game ever" against Netherlands last Friday, it would be remarkable if Vicente del Bosque hadn't at least considered turning to the man who is, at some point, going to take over the Spanish No. 1 jersey. Certainly, the Spanish press have been very keen on the idea.

A shame for De Gea, then, and perhaps for Spain. The holders face Chile on Wednesday before playing their final group game against Australia next Monday. Anything less than two wins, and they could be in serious trouble.

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