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Jordi Alba missing as Spain squad announced

Jordi Alba missing as Spain squad announced

Barcelona left back Jordi Alba has once again been left out of Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the upcoming games against Wales and England.

Alba wasn’t involved in the last squad for their Nations League wins over England and Croatia in September despite his performances for Barca and will be forced to watch from the sidelines again.

Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso have been joined by Wolves’ Jonny Otto in the squad as they fight for the left back spot in Alba’s absence.

Jonny is the only player in the squad to be receiving his first call up while the likes of Marc Bartra and Paco Alcacer are recalled after a spell out.

Atlético Madrid’s Diego Costa had to be replaced in his side’s Champions League win over Club Brugge on Wednesday with a thigh injury which rules him out of the squad while the duo of Dani Carvajal and Isco from city rivals Real are also out through injury.

There are six English Premier League players in the side with Jonny and Manchester United’s David De Gea joined by the Chelsea four of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Alonso and Alvaro Morata.

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La Roja will face Wales in a friendly in Cardiff on the eleventh of October before returning home to take on England in the Nations League group stage at Real Betis’ Benito Villamarin stadium.

Spain Squad

Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Real Betis)

Defenders: Marc Bartra (Real Betis), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Nacho (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jonny Otto (Wolves)*, Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Jose Gaya (Valencia)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), Rodri (Atlético Madrid)

Forwards: Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund)**, Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Suso (AC Milan), Rodrigo (Valencia)

* on loan from Atlético Madrid

** on loan from Barcelona