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Real Madrid's Iker Casillas will miss Manchester United match

Updated: Monday, 04 Mar 2013 19:01 | Comments

Iker Casillas has been nursing a broken hand picked up against Valencia in January
Iker Casillas has been nursing a broken hand picked up against Valencia in January

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed goalkeeper Iker Casillas is not fit to face Manchester United in the Champions League at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The Spain international only returned to training on Thursday after sustaining a broken hand against Valencia on 23 January and, although he travelled with the squad, he will not be considered.

"Everyone is fit and ready to play and be considered, with the exception of Iker Casillas," Mourinho said ahead of the second leg of the last-16 tie.

"We are sorry we had to travel yesterday (because of a baggage handlers strike) because we don't like to wait.

"The emotion is high and we want to play.

"Tomorrow the world will stop to watch this tie, which doesn't look like a tie it looks like a final."

The match marks the first return of ex-United forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, and much of the pre-match focus has been on him with Alex Ferguson having spoken in glowing terms about his former charge.

"I think he is fine, as far as I am aware," the Madrid boss added.

"I think any accolade he gets is more than deserved and I think the reception he will get from the crowd will be deserved.

"I am aware how well he did here and what an impact he had at the club."

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