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Fabian Ruiz remains in hospital after pulling out of Spain squad

Fabian Ruiz remains in hospital after pulling out of Spain squad

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz remains in hospital with fever after pulling out of the Spanish national squad.

The 22-year-old was forced to pull of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Malta, having suffered fever and he has confirmed via his hospital bed that he is well but remains under care.

Ruiz joined the Italian side from Real Betis last summer and has impressed this season after a shaky start to life in the Serie A and his performances have gained praise from Luis Enrique, who opted to select him for the upcoming games.

“Although things sometimes happen at the worst time, I always look on the bright side of life,” Fabian wrote on Instagram.

“I hope this is just a setback and that this is the first call-up of many. I wish good luck to my teammates for the two games they’ll play.

“Thanks go to Luis Enrique and the national team for their belief and all of you for the amount of support you’ve shown me. See you next time!”

Enrique has chosen to replace Ruiz with Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, who has been in equally good form for the La Liga side this term.

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The former Barcelona boss has opted for several changes this time round, bringing in the likes of Iker Muniain, Sergi Gomez, Sergio Canales and Getafe’s leading scorer, Jaime Mata.

Spain face Norway on Saturday evening, before meeting Malta Tuesday as they begin their first competitive reign under Enrique.