Luis Enrique bites the bullet and recalls Jordi AlbaNovember 8, 2018
Spanish national coach Luis Enrique has recalled Jorbi Alba to the squad for the upcoming international break.
Alba has been absent from Enrique’s first two Spain squads, but the Barcelona full-back’s form has seen that change.
Speculation had mounted over the reasons why Alba had been left out with Spanish reports citing back to Enrique’s time in charge of the Catalan side, where a fall-out was rumoured to have taken place.
That seems to have now been settled as the flying defender has been recalled for the games against Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The 28-year-old replaced Marcos Alonso of Chelsea, whilst Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente and Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso are called up for the first time.
Inigo Martinez is also back, whilst Brais Mendez of Celta Vigo and Pablo Fornals of Villarreal come in to replace the injured Koke and Thiago Alcantara.
The only other notable change is that Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer is replaced for Isco, despite notching goals in the absence of Diego Costa.
Spain play Croatia on November 15th in the Nations League, before facing Bosnia in a friendly on the 18th.
Spain squad to face Croatia and Bosnia: Pau, De Gea, Kepa; Otto, Azpilicueta, Diego Llorente, Ramos, Hermoso, Inigo, Gaya, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Ceballos, Brais, Rodri, Busquets, Fornals, Saul; Suso, Rodrigo, Aspas, Morata, Asensio, Isco