Manchester United Goalkeeper, David de Gea To Have Eye Surgery

David de Gea's difficult first season as Manchester United goalkeeper has not been helped by an eye condition that may need corrective surgery this summer.

The Spaniard was dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson at the start of this month after a series of errors that culminated in a poor performance in the home defeat by Blackburn on New Year's Eve.

It has emerged, however, that De Gea has been playing with a problem that affects the long-range vision in one eye. He hopes laser surgery will correct it.
De Gea has suffered with the condition since childhood and regularly wears glasses. He is thought to use contact lenses when he plays.

United do not believe the matter is to blame for De Gea's erratic displays and the 21-year-old was advised in March, before his £17.8million move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid, that his eyes were not ready for treatment.

Now, though, he wants to have the surgery before his planned participation in the Olympics later this year.

The news comes after United goalkeeping rival Anders Lindegaard warned De Gea that he may have to wait to get back in to Ferguson's team.