2014 World Cup: Spain Facing More Goalkeeper Issues
Manchester United starting goalkeeper and Spain‘s backup David de Gea exited training with his national team due to injury. Although many players have left practice early during the World Cup in Brazil due to injury, De Gea’s is more serious. It has been reported that he has a hip injury and will likely miss the rest of the Group B matches. It could be a harsh blow to Spain, because it has already been struggling with its goalkeepers.
Friday’s match against Netherlands was a tough one, and a lot of the blame is being directed at Spain’s defense. Starting goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas is receiving a lot of the criticism for the terrible performance put on by by Spain in its opening match. Many have suggested that De Gea should be the one suited up to play during its match against Chile, but this is no longer an option with his injury.
Spain has nothing to be worried about, because it still has a world class goalkeeper at hand with Pepe Reina. Reina is more than ready to take over for Casillas as he collects himself after the devastating loss Spain suffered against Netherlands. Casillas should not be counted out for the tournament, but Reina should be given a chance to prove his skill on a World Cup level.
Although Spain suffered the most humiliating loss so far in the World Cup, it is not ready to give up yet. The players are refusing to dwell on it and are ready to move forward. Chile is a familiar team, and many have played alongside Alexis Sanchez in La Liga, which will give them a slight advantage. There is nowhere to go but up, and regardless of who is tending to the net, Spain plans to win.