Spain v Finland

Spain's Xavi, Alonso doubtful for qualifier

March 21, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Spain look set to start Friday's World Cup qualifier against Finland in Gijon without key midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, although both players should return for Tuesday's likely Group I decider against France in Paris.

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The two key cogs in La Roja's machine are currently being nursed through games by their clubs, with Xavi sitting out Barcelona's 3-1 La Liga stroll past Rayo Vallecano last Sunday with a hamstring ...

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