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Mourinho recalls Casillas for Real Cup clash

Published on Jan 10, 2013 6:09 AM
Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas eyes the ball during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Real Madrid CF vs RC Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Jan 9, 2013. -- PHOTO : AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho recalled goalkeeper Iker Casillas for Wednesday's Spanish Cup clash against Celta Vigo having controversially dropped the club captain to the bench for the last two La Liga games.

Casillas had been axed in favour of deputy Antonio Adan, with the move interpreted as an attempt by Mourinho to reassert his authority over a campaign which has seen Real slip 16 points behind Barcelona in the title chase.

Casillas was called into action after just six minutes of Saturday's 4-3 win over Real Sociedad after Adan was red-carded.

Real go into Wednesday's Spanish Cup last-16 tie trailing Celta Vigo 2-1 after the first leg.