Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League this month, including Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Luis Enrique could not include the players in the list he announced on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
Spain faces Wales in a friendly in Cardiff on Oct. 11, and four days later hosts England in Seville. A win against England will keep Spain ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A, in good position to reach the Nations League final four in June.
Costa was dropped from Luis Enrique’s first list in charge of La Roja because of the birth of his child. On Wednesday, he had to leave Atletico Madrid’s Champions League match against Club Brugge because of an apparent muscle injury.
Isco has recently undergone appendicitis surgery and will be sidelined for a few more weeks.
Midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion made it back to the national team after being left out of Luis Enrique’s first list. Striker Paco Alcacer, in good form with Borussia Dortmund, also was called up.
Wolverhampton left back Jonny Otto was included for the first time, while Barcelona defender Jordi Alba again was left out.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Real Betis)
Defenders: Marc Bartra (Real Betis), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Jonny Otto (Wolverhampton), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Jose Luis Gaya (Valencia)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Rodri (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Suso (AC Milan), Rodrigo (Valencia)
Source: The Associated Press