David Villa will not be playing for Spain at this summer's European championship.
The injured Barcelona striker has been ruled out of contention for the defending world and European champions, according to a statement released by the Spanish federation on Tuesday.
For Villa, who broke his left leg in the FIFA Club World Cup in December and has not played since, it was always an uncertainty that he would be fit in time for this summer's tournament. Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque left him out of his preliminary squad but left the door open for his return in case he was fit enough to play, but that will not be the case.
Without Villa, Spain's strikeforce still potentially boasts the likes of Roberto Soldado, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente and Fernando Torres, among others. Del Bosque is expected to announce his final 23-man roster on Sunday following a friendly against Serbia and prior to a friendly against South Korea. He has had to wait to include any players from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on his initial roster because the two clubs still have to play the Copa del Rey final on Friday.
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