David Villa out of Spain squadSeptember 4, 2017
David Villa has withdrawn from the Spanish national squad after suffering an abductor strain in training.
Having been recalled to the Spain squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, Villa will now leave and return to MLS side New York City after suffering an injury in training.
Villa made a cameo appearance as Spain successfully beat Italy on Saturday evening 3-0 to edge closer to the World Cup next summer.
“Having monitored the strain suffered by David Villa in this morning’s [Sunday] training session, it was decided that the player would leave the squad and not travel to Liechtenstein,” read an RFEF statement.
“The national team’s medical services have informed his club.”
Villa is now on 98 caps at international level and will be hoping for a recall when Spain resume their international commitments.
Goals from Isco (2), and Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata saw Spain grab all three points and pole position in the race to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Spain now face Liechtenstein tomorrow night before games against Albania and Estonia in October.