The Spanish national team has been hit by an injury plague to its most influential players with the latest casualty being Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. Torres, who has not been in Del Bosque’s recent squads but had impressed after his fine display against Tottenham, sprained his left knee in Bucharest and will be out of action for 2 or 3 weeks.
Torres joins what is an already long injury list. Cazorla and Silva have not played since Spain’s last international games and Jordi Alba picked up an injury a few minutes into the following match.
Mario Suárez, who started in Helsinki, has missed the recent games for his club and Javi Martínez has not stepped onto the pitch since the final of the UEFA Super Cup, but is available if Guardiola decides to pick him. Then there are long-term injuries to Xabi Alonso, Puyol and Thiago.
Vicente del Bosque will reveal his squad for Spain’s final two World Cup qualifiers on Friday.
Four points against Belarus (in Mallorca, Friday 11th) and Georgia (Albacete, the 15th) would ensure that Spain have the chance to defend their title in Brazil next summer.