Alonso left out of Confederations Cup squad

Madrid, June 3 (IANS) Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso will miss Spain’s Confederations Cup football trip due to a groin injury.

Alonso has struggled with injuries in the second-half of the season and has not been given the all-clear by Madrid’s doctors to take part in the competition which starts June 15, reports Xinhua.

Also left out of the team were mid-fielders Benat Extebarria and Javi Garcia as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque released the final 23-man squad on Sunday.

Spain will travel to Brazil for their opening game of the tournament against Uruguay, June 16 in Recife.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool/England), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defenders: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal/England), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa (all Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/England)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal/England), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Forwards: Juan Mata, Fernando Torres (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City/England), Pedro, David Villa (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Roberto Soldado (Valencia)

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