Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has recalled Liverpool winger Albert Riera to the Spanish squad after Sevilla player Diego Capel was forced to withdraw from the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium.
Los Che’s 20-year-old Capel had been struggling with a muscle injury in his right leg and had to pull out of the Tuesday morning training session. After a scan revealed the worst the midfielder headed back to the Mestalla.
Reds winger Riera last played for La Furio Roja in March in a 1-0 friendly win over Italy and was unlucky to miss out on the victorious EURO 2008 squad. With the winger’s impressive form for La Liga side Espanyol last season the catalyst in his summer move to Anfield.
26-year-old Riera has five caps for Spain and has scored once on his debut in a EURO 2008 qualifier against Denmark and will hope to feature for former Real Madrid coach Del Bosque. With the Group 5 leaders hoping to maintain their 100% record in the group against the Estonian’s on Saturday and then the Belgian’s four days later.
There was relief for Del Bosque as Santi Cazorla was able to remain with the squad and continue training, with the winger being forced out of the same session as Capel after a collision with Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.