With Victor Valdes likely out for seven months due to injury, there is suddenly room for a goalkeeper replacement in the world champions' squad for the upcoming World Cup in JuneIt's official: Victor Valdes will not be going to the World Cup, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Barcelona's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo a week ago.
The Spanish goalkeeper subsequently underwent successful knee surgery and the Catalans confirmed on Monday that Valdes will be out of action for an estimated seven months.
With the World Cup looming in June, this means the 32-year-old will not be on the plane to Brazil, having been the team's second-choice custodian in recent times. While Real Madrid's Iker Casillas is most likely to remain number one for Vicente Del Bosque, Valdes's injury means an slot opens up for a goalkeeper.
Liverpool's Jose Reina, currently on loan at Napoli, is set to take up one of the three spots alongside Casillas, but Del Bosque has been quiet over who he will pick as Valdes's replacement at the moment.
Goal Singapore listed Reina, along with two viable alternatives to take over as Spain's number two and the majority of our readers have gone for David de Gea as their choice, with 57.7% opting for the Manchester United custodian.
This is despite him being the youngest of the three, at 23 year of age, and having never won a cap at senior level, although he has been called up before. De Gea has won the European Championships at both Under-17 and Under-23 (twice) level though and firmly established himself at Old Trafford following an initial rocky start after moving from Atletico Madrid.
Of the other two, Reina, the most experienced with 31 caps, received the least votes at 16.6%, with the remaining 25.7% going to Diego Lopez, who appears to have ousted Casillas at the Bernabeu in recent times.
With a plethora of talented goalkeepers at his disposal, it will be interesting to see Del Bosque's choice when the time to name a final squad comes.