Andres Iniesta ruled out of Spain’s matches vs. France, Macedonia

Andres Iniesta is struggling with a knee problem that forced him to miss Barcelona's game with Villarreal.

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Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming matches against France and Macedonia through injury.

The midfielder is struggling with a knee problem that forced him to miss Barcelona’s match with Villarreal at the weekend and he will not be available to national team coach Vicente del Bosque.

Del Bosque has opted against calling up a replacement for the 30-year-old and will stick with the remaining 22 players in his named in his squad on Friday, the Spanish football federation announced.

The two-time reigning European champions play France in a friendly on Thursday before facing Macedonia in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Monday.