Garcia, Iniesta out of Spain squad to face Romania

November 13, 2006

MADRID, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Liverpool's Luis Garcia and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta have withdrawn from the Spain squad to play Romania in a friendly in Cadiz on Wednesday.

'Iniesta has an inflamed tendon in his left knee. It is a minor injury but will require a couple of days rest and so it has been decided that he should leave,' Spain doctor Genaro Borras told a news conference on Monday.

'We knew about Luis Garcia's injury on Friday. I spoke to him then and he told me it was an aggravation of an old muscle injury and that he wasn't going to play with his club. We decided it was best he didn't join up.'

Coach Luis Aragones will not be calling up anyone to replace the two midfielders and will continue with an 18-man squad.