15 June 2014 | News Comments

De Gea sits out training for Spain

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea sat out training on Sunday due to injury, the reigning world champions have announced.

According to a medical statement from the Spanish football federation (RFEF), De Gea is struggling with a gluteal muscle problem and he will be monitored day by day to see when he will be able to resume training.

The RFEF has not given a time-frame for how long the Manchester United keeper might be out for, but reports in the Spanish media suggest he could be sidelined for around ten days, meaning he would be unavailable for the team's final two group games against Chile and Australia.

The RFEF statement read: "After undergoing tests it was decided that David de Gea would not take part in the team's afternoon training session owing to muscle discomfort in the gluteal region."

"The Spanish national team's medical services will evaluate day by day the goalkeeper's recovery to determine his reincorporation into the group."

The 23-year-old De Gea would have been an option to replace captain Iker Casillas if Spain coach Vicente del Bosque decides to ring the changes following his side's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Holland in their Group B opener.

Veteran Real Madrid custodian Casillas has come in for criticism for his performance in that match, which was Spain's third heaviest defeat ever.

Jose Reina is the other goalkeeper available to Del Bosque, whose side face Chile on Wednesday before taking on Australia the following Monday.