Villa ruled out of Euro 2012
The Barcelona medical staff have concluded that the striker is not fit enough to play for manager Vicente del Bosque in this summer’s Euro 2012.
- By Tom Conn Follow @thomasmconn
Spain’s leading scorer has been in a race against time, battling for inclusion in the 23-man squad, after breaking his tibia during the Club World Cup in December.
Despite encouraging reports in his rehabilitation, Barcelona team doctor Ricard Pruna and his medical team have advised Villa against participating, for fear of re-injuring the leg and causing permanent damage.
El Guaje immediately took to twitter to break the news to all of his more than one million followers.
“I’ve tried, but I can’t be 100% to play the Eurocup.
“I called Vicente del Bosque to say him, it’s the honest thing I could do.
“Thanks to all of you for your support, I will continue working to return to play as soon as possible with Barça and Spanish National Team.”
Villa is Spain’s leading scored with 51 goals in 82 international appearances and winning the Golden Boot in the 2008 tournament.