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Spain axe Torres for friendly

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Spanish headcoach Vicente Del Bosque (R) and forward Fernando Torres attend a training session in Gniewino on June 12, 2012 during the Euro 2012 football championships
Spanish headcoach Vicente Del Bosque (R) and forward Fernando Torres attend a training session in Gniewino on June 12, 2012 during the Euro 2012 football championships

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has omitted Chelsea attacker Fernando Torres from his squad for the upcoming friendly against Uruguay.

The successful manager has also left out Swansea forward Michu, who was expected to make the team following his impressive performances in the Premier League, while Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez did not make the cut either.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas misses out due to injury, with Liverpool's Pepe Reina taking his place in the squad.

Chelsea wing-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Malaga sensation Isco are both in line to make their Spain debut after receiving an invitation for the February 6 encounter.

Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Xabi Alonso all return to the fold after missing the European champions' previous game due to injury.

Spain squad:
Goalkeepers: Victor Valdes, Jose Manuel Reina
Defenders: Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Cesa Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Alvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Xavi, Isco, Xabi Alonso
Forwards: David Villa, David Silva, Alvaro Negredo, Pedro, Juan Mata