Spain delay Euro 2008 squad announcement

May 15, 2008

MADRID, May 15 (Reuters) - Spain have delayed the announcement of their squad for Euro 2008 following the news of the death of team doctor Genaro Borras.

The Spanish Football Federation said the squad would be named on Saturday instead of Friday to allow national team coach Luis Aragones to attend the funeral in Vigo.

Borras, 62, who had been team doctor at three World Cups and two European championships and also worked for second division side Celta Vigo, died after a long illness.

Aragones is expected to omit former captain and all-time leading scorer Raul from his 23-strong squad despite the Real Madrid striker's fine season for his club.

Barcelona's 17-year-old striker Bojan Krkic is also likely to be left out after Spanish media reported that after consultation with the player and his family it was decided that he was not ready to deal with the pressure and expectation of playing in a major championship.

Real Zaragoza forward Sergio Garcia and Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla are reported by local media to be the likely alternatives.

Spain have been drawn alongside Russia, Sweden and Greece in Group D at Euro 2008 which takes place from June 7-29 in Austria and Switzerland.