Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be sidelined for up to three months after successfully undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his left hand caused during Real Madrid's 1-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at Valencia on Wednesday night.
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Casillas, 31, has been left out of the side of late with Antonio Adan controversially picked by coach Jose Mourinho ahead of the Spain international in a handful of recent matches.
Having gone the knife during an hour-long operation in Madrid on Friday, doctor Miguel del Cerro, who performed the operation, told AS: "The operation has gone very well. He will be out for between eight to 12 weeks.''
Madrid medical chief Carlos Diez said in a statement on his club's website: "Everything has been phenomenal. Two screws were put in and the hand has been perfect. It has been a complete success from a surgical point of view.''
Casillas will now miss the Copa del Rey semi-final double-header against Barcelona, the Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United and a host of Primera Division matches - the next league meeting against Barcelona at the Bernabeu is in early March.
Information form the Press Association was used in this report