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Barcelona striker David Villa out of Euro 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 4:00pm IST | Place: Madrid | Agency: IANS
The Barcelona striker has not been able to fully recover from the broken leg that he suffered during the World Club Championship in December.

Spanish Football Federation RFEF has confirmed that David Villa will not be part of their squad for this summer's European Championships.

The Barcelona striker has not been able to fully recover from the broken leg that he suffered during the World Club Championship in December.

Villa's absence is a major disappointment for coach Vicente Del Bosque, who had indicated he would give as long as possible for the striker to recover.

Villa is the highest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team with 51 goals in 82 appearances.

"David Villa will definitely not be on the list for Euro 2012. Villa spoke with the national team doctor this afternoon after the arrival of the team in the Austrian town of Schruns. After not getting in the final practice and development desired, Villa spoke with Del Bosque, who relayed that although it was the player's wish to be with the team in Poland and Ukraine, that his physical state was 'not as good' as would be desirable," confirmed the Spanish FA.

Del Bosque will name his final squad of 23 player May 27, two days after the final of the Spanish Copa del Rey in Valencia..

Villa's absence means Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has a greater chance of making the squad for the finals.




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