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Spain vs Portugal: Thiago to miss Nations League clash with injury

Thiago Alcantara
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The Liverpool star has pulled out of La Roja’s squad ahead of their match against Portugal.

Thiago Alcantara will not play for Spain in their upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures.

European teams are preparing to kick-start the 2022 Nations League this weekend. Spain will compete against Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Portugal in Group 2 of the competition.

La Roja will face Portugal in their first group-stage game, but they will have to play without one of their best midfielders.

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The Spanish FA announced on Wednesday that Thiago has pulled out of the national team with a muscular injury. The Spaniard suffered an injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves on Premier League’s final matchday. He recovered in time to play for the Reds in the Champions League final.

The latest setback indicates the midfielder might have suffered a relapse in recent days. On the other hand, Luis Enrique might have decided to avoid risking Thiago’s fitness after his tough season at Anfield.

The Nations League tournament will be a vital opportunity for the European teams to prepare for the upcoming Qatar World Cup. Having reached Euro 2020’s semi-finals, Spain are among the top favourites to win the trophy.

Let’s see if Luis Enrique’s side can take a solid first step against Portugal on Thursday.