Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has confirmed that David Villa will be given more chances with the national side after his cameo performance against Italy at the weekend.
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.
However, sadly for the former Barcelona and Valencia man, an injury in training forced him to return to America and miss Tuesday’s game with Liechtenstein.
“The injury arrived at the worst possible time, as these were really happy days and I was really enjoying myself,” Villa is quoted as saying by Marca.
And, whilst many believe that will be his final time in a Spain shirt, Lopetegui has confirmed he will be recalled.
“Villa’s injury is a real setback for us both professionally and personally,” Lopetegui told reporters.
“It’s sad for everyone but there will be more opportunities for him. I didn’t hear to our fans asking for Villa on Saturday – I couldn’t make it out as I was concentrating on the game!
“He came on because it was the right change for us tactically at the time.”
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 tonight before games against Albania and Estonia in October.