Spain will be without midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday and next week’s friendly with world champions Germany.
Fabregas played the whole match as club side Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 but Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted he had taken a “gamble” by including the 27-year-old in his side.
The midfielder did travel to Spain to link up with his country but an MRI scan in Madrid on Tuesday has revealed he has an injury concern and he will not be involved against Belarus as Vicente del Bosque’s side bid to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Slovakia.
“The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team,” said a statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
Fabregas has made a blistering start to his Chelsea career following his summer move from Barcelona and has formed an impressive partnership with fellow new recruit Diego Costa.
Costa is also missing from the Spain squad as he has been granted time to rest after a number of niggling hamstring problems of his own over the course of the current season.
It has been reported that Fabregas has not suffered a tear to his hamstring muscle and the injury is just a minor strain but he remains an early doubt for Chelsea’s home clash with West Brom after the international break as a result of the injury.
Spain are 1.10 to win Euro 2016 qualification Group C, while Chelsea are 1.21 to beat West Brom when the Premier League resumes.