Iniesta out of Spain squad with knee injury
Andrés Iniesta has withdrawn from Spain’s squad ahead of the international break, and will miss his country’s friendly match against France on September 4th, as well as the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on September 8th.
Iniesta is suffering from a knee discomfort and is also out of Barcelona’s squad to face Villarreal on Sunday evening. The player informed the Spanish federation about his injury on Saturday evening, and National Team coach Vicente Del Bosque has yet to decide whether to call up a replacement or not.
Iniesta played in Barcelona’s league opener against Elche last weekend, but was subbed out in the second half, and later seen with an ice-pack on his knee on the bench.
According to AS, Manchester United’s Juan Mata – who was originally left out of Spain’s squad – is a possible replacement for Iniesta.
AS also suggests that another absentee, Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué, spoke to Del Bosque on Wednesday to explain that he still hasn’t fully recovered from his hip-injury picked up at the end of last season, and was thus left out of the squad.
Piqué, who was suspended from Barcelona’s league opener, however, is in Barcelona’s squad to face Villarreal.