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Alonso to miss Confederations Cup

By Football News



Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso will sit out Spain's Confederations Cup campaign due to injury.

The former Liverpool star has been struggling with a groin injury and missed Real's final two matches of the Liga season.

He will not recover in time to represent his country in Brazil later this month, with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque leaving him out of the final 23-man squad, along with Benat Etxebarria of Real Betis and Manchester City's Javi Garcia.

Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Arsenal), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Juan Mata (Chelsea).

Forwards: David Villa (Barcelona), Roberto Soldado (Valencia), Pedro (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Chelsea).