David Silva ruled out of Spain friendly
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David Silva has withdrawn from the Spain squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Chile and is a doubt for Manchester City’s trip to Stoke on Saturday.
Silva travelled back to Madrid with his team-mates to begin preparations for the exhibition game in Geneva after Spain’s 2-0 win in Finland on Friday.
However, a statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Sunday confirmed that he had picked up a thigh problem and returned to his club.
“After the issues reported by the player David Jimenez Silva after this afternoon’s training session, a scan took place and a light muscle injury was detected,” the statement said. “For precaution, and to avoid complications with this injury, Silva left the training camp.
"National coach Vicente del Bosque has decided not to call up anyone else to cover the absence.”
While Silva was an unused substitute in Helsinki on Friday, his club-mate Alvaro Negredo came off the bench in the second half to score the clinching second goal, with the assist coming from Jesus Navas, another City player.
Speaking at the Spain squad’s training facility at Las Rozas in Madrid on Sunday, Negredo said he hoped the goal -- his eighth in 15 games for his country -- would keep him in Del Bosque's plans.
"I try to make the most of the minutes I have,” he said. “The way the team plays, lots of chances are created, so it is easier to be this effective. I hope I can keep helping the national team."
Spain’s win saw them move three points clear of France in Group I, and the 2010 champions now need just one win from October’s two remaining home games, against Belarus and Georgia, to ensure a place in Brazil.
Negredo said France drawing 0-0 in Georgia on Friday had been a boost for Spain, but warned: “Even so, we cannot get over-confident. We need to keep working until Brazil.
“We forwards live on goals and I am scoring at the moment, but over a season a lot of things can happen. There is a lot of work to do to fulfill my desire to be in Brazil.”
Competition for places in Spain’s squad is tough, with Del Bosque also able to call on David Villa, Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente and sometimes preferring to use Cesc Fabregas as a 'false nine'.