Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thiago blow for Spain

Thiago blow for Spain
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss the World Cup for Spain after aggravating ligaments in his right knee.

The 23 year-old son of Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho was named in Vicente Del Bosque's provisional squad of 30, but has now been ruled out for three months by his club so will not travel to his parents' homeland with Spain.

Thiago, who has lived in Spain since the age of five, made 68 appearances for Barcelona before following Pep Guardiola to Munich at the end of last season.

He has represented Spain from U16 level and has five caps for the national team, but missed Euro 2012 and the 2012 Olympics through injury, leaving his U21 appearances as his most memorable for Spain.

The final 23-man squads must be sent to FIFA by the 2nd of June.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

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