Photo: Diego Lopez (Real Madrid)
Newly signed Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who still has not trained with his new teammates, has been inserted in the starting line-up by manager Jose Mourinho for Sunday’s Spanish-league match against Getafe.
Real Madrid moved quickly on Friday to secure an extra goalkeeper in light of the hand injury that will sideline veteran Blancos netminder and captain Iker Casillas for up to 12 weeks.
Lopez traveled Saturday from Seville and then proceeded to pass his physical, sign his new contract and train by himself ahead of Sunday’s game at the Bernabeu.
The club agreed to pay Sevilla 3.5 million euros ($4.7 million) for Lopez, who was part of Real Madrid from 2000-2007.
News of the deal came as Casillas underwent surgery to repair damage to his left hand suffered when one of his teammates accidentally clipped him during Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal match with Valencia.