Del Bosque: We will cope without Casillas

The Spain coach is confident his side can stem the tide in the absence of its captain, and he also promises to usher new faces into the fold.
Spain boss Vincente Del Bosque has admitted Iker Casillas' absence will be a blow, but he insists he has faith in the goalkeepers lower down the Roja pecking order while the Spanish captain is on the mend.

The 31-year-old Casillas is set to miss Spain's friendly with Uruguay next week due to a fractured hand, an injury that could potentially sideline the Real Madrid stopper for three months. Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina will be among the candidates to step in for Casillas, and, while Del Bosque has noted the importance of his captain, he is confident he will be adequately covered.

“Iker Casillas will be a significant absence, because he is the most capped player for Spain and has an impeccable track record," Del Bosque told Murcia. “But we must look at other goalkeepers who are also very good. The competition is great, and it is not easy to choose."

The 63-year-old Del Bosque also said he plans to introduce the new generation of La Roja stars and hopes they can adapt well to the international stage.

"We now have to respect all those who have brought us to where we are and who are at a relatively young age, but we are also anticipating the new ones that deserve to be included and who we must combine well," Del Bosque said.

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