Xavi, Villa out of Spain match in PR
Coach Vicente del Bosque will give the 32-year-old midfielder a break rather than have him travel to the Caribbean island for the match. The game will be played at Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón.
David Villa, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba are the other Barcelona players left out of the world champions’ 19-player squad as the Spanish club prepares for the upcoming season.
Villa and Puyol are recovering from injuries, while Alba played for Spain at Euro 2012 and the London Olympics.
Del Bosque says Spain’s exit from the Olympics was surprising, “but the team wasn’t playing well.”
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo was also left out.
Squad for Puerto Rico friendly:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Malaga), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)