Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, whose chance of replacing Iker Casillas in goal for Spain against Chile at the Maracana stadium was raised following the Real Madrid keeper’s dismal show against Holland, has been ruled out for up to 10 days with a leg injury.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper underwent medical scans on Sunday that revealed a leg muscle strain, and he could be out for the rest of Spain’s Group B World Cup matches against Chile and Australia.

Captain and No 1 goalkeeper Casillas has come under stern criticism after his poor performance in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Netherlands, which had given De Gea a possible chance to take over the starting role.

As it is, Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina is the only other back-up available to the world and European champions going into Wednesday’s must-win game against Chile.

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