Reports: David de Gea to miss group stage matches with hip injury

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Another injury strikes the World Cup, this time hitting the Spanish squad already reeling from its 5-1 loss to the Netherlands.

According to multiple reports, Spanish keeper David de Gea suffered a hip injury in training and will miss the rest of the group stage matches.

The reports indicate he has a muscle tear in his hip, which depending on severity, could have further consequences as well.

While normally an injury to a backup goalkeeper isn’t such devastating news, after watching Iker Casillas struggle mightily in both the Champions League final and the loss to the Dutch, many speculated Casillas could be benched in favor of de Gea.

Now, Spanish manager Vicente del Bosque has to choose between sticking with Casillas in goal, or going with former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

FIFA rules do not allow Spain to replace de Gea on the roster, since they have already played a game.

Spain plays Chile on Wednesday before taking on Australia on the 23rd of June.  The knockout round for Spain would begin either the 28th or 29th of June depending on Spain’s finish in the group, should they qualify.