Injuries force changes to Spain squad to face Luxembourg
MADRID (AP) Injuries have forced Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to call up three replacements as his squad prepares for its last two European Championship qualifying matches against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
Dani Carvajal was ruled out after Real Madrid said Monday that its defender had injured tendons in his right ankle during the 1-1 Spanish league draw at crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. Also, Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez sustained a muscle injury in his left leg and Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano has been ruled out due to a knee injury.
Del Bosque has called up Mario Gaspar from Villarreal as well as Xabier Etxeita and Mikel San Jose, both of Athletic Bilbao, as replacements.
Spain tops Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg on Oct. 9.