Knee injury forces Thiago out of Spain squad

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MADRID: Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been released from the Spain squad due to face Belgium on Tuesday due to a knee injury picked up in the 2-0 win over England. A scan on Saturday diagnosed an oedema in his right knee and he has been allowed to return to Munich for further treatment, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said in a statement. However, the RFEF refused to state how long the 24-year-old may be sidelined. Thiago was replaced midway through the first-half by Santi Cazorla in Friday’s friendly after going down under no apparent pressure. The former Barcelona man has only recently returned to the national team after nearly a year out due to cruciate ligament damage in the same knee.

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