Xavi: Casillas is the heart and soul of Real Madrid

Goal :    Barcelona midfielder Xavi has said that Iker Casillas will be missed by Real Madrid during his spell on the sidelines with a hand injury.

The Spain captain and goalkeeper broke a bone in his thumb during Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey match with Valencia and is expected to be out for 6-to-8 weeks, which Xavi feels could prove costly to the champions.

“It’s one more problem for them, he is the heart and soul of Real Madrid and their captain. He’s a huge loss for Madrid and for Spain,” Xavi told reporters.

The Blaugrana midfielder also spoke of his shock at Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Casillas for the league matches against Malaga and Real Sociedad either side of the winter break.