Spain depleted for Nations League game against England
Atletico forward Diego Costa eyes the ball during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Club Brugge at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2018. (Paul White/Associated Press) October 4 at 6:41 AM
MADRID â" Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League this month, including Francisco âIscoâ Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Luis Enrique could not include the players in the list he announced on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
Spain faces Wales in a friendly in Cardiff on Oct. 11, and four days later hosts England in Seville. A win against E ngland will keep Spain ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A, in good position to reach the Nations League final four in June.
Costa was dropped from Luis Enriqueâs first list in charge of La Roja because of the birth of his child. On Wednesday, he had to leave Atletico Madridâs Champions League match against Club Brugge because of an apparent muscle injury.
Isco has recently undergone appendicitis surgery and will be sidelined for a few more weeks.
Midfielder Jorge âKokeâ Resurreccion made it back to the national team after being left out of Luis Enriqueâs first list. Striker Paco Alcacer, in good form with Borussia Dortmund, also was called up.
Wolverhampton left back Jonny Otto was included for the first time, while Barcelona defender Jordi Alba again was left out.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Real Betis)
Defenders: Marc Bartra (Real Betis), Cesar Azpi licueta (Chelsea), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Jonny Otto (Wolverhampton), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Jose Luis Gaya (Valencia)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Jorge âKokeâ Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Rodri (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Suso (AC Milan), Rodrigo (Valencia)
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