beIN SPORT News Service

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will miss at least the next two months of play while recovering from an operation to repair a broken left thumb, according to Dr. Miguel del Cerro, the performing surgeon.

The earliest Casillas is expected to return is March 20.

"It went well," del Cerro said. "The period he will be out is eight to 12 weeks. It was much better than we hoped for. We will go step by step."

After Casillas sustained the injury in Real Madrid's 1-1 tie with Valencia Wednesday, the Merengues advancing to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, the club announced he was expected to be out for six weeks. 

Casillas underwent "a total reconstruction" of the thumb, according to del Cerro.

Real Madrid next plays against Getafe Sunday, then competes in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona Wednesday. Casillas will also miss Real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal confrontations with Manchester United, the first leg Feb. 13 in Madrid.