Injuries forced Vicente del Bosque to alter his standard squad for Spain’s forthcoming Euro 2012 fixtures against Lithuania on Friday and Scotland on Tuesday. Xavi Hernández is suffering from tendinitis, Cesc Fábregas has an ankle injury, Jesús Navas is dealing with a thigh strain, Fernando Torres limped off against Blackpool on Sunday with a groin problem and Pedro Rodríguez sustained a hamstring injury on Saturday against Mallorca.
Del Bosque rewarded Villarreal and Valencia for their stellar starts to the campaign by calling up four players to replace the injured, two from each team, that rarely receive an invitation to the national team squad. While Santi Cazorla, Carlos Marchena, and Joan Capdevila from Villarreal are regulars on the national team, del Bosque also included Bruno Soriano, a no-nonsense defensive midfielder with one cap to his name, and Borja Valero, a creative playmaker who will make his maiden voyage in international football with the Spanish national team.
From Valencia, del Bosque recalled Pablo Hernández, who has not made an appearance for La Furia Roja since scoring in a friendly against Austria in November 2009, and gave Aritz Aduriz, a physical center forward similar to Fernando Llorente, his first call-up to the national team.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Bruno Soriano, Santi Cazorla, Borja Valero, Pablo Hernández, David Silva
Forwards: David Villa, Fernando Llorente, Aritz Aduriz