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Xabi Alonso out of Confed Cup

A groin injury has sidelined Xabi Alonso from Confederations Cup in Brazil.

FILE: Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso (L) and Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa (R) tackle French midfielder Franck Ribery during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Spain vs France on June 23, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Picture: AFP

MADRID - Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso was left out of Spain's squad for the Confederations Cup in Brazil this month when Vicente del Bosque cut his list to 23 on Sunday.

The 31-year-old played an integral part in winning the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012 tournaments and the World Cup in 2010, but has been struggling with a groin problem for the last few weeks.

The other two players to drop out of the provisional list from last Monday were Manchester City's versatile midfielder Javi Garcia and Real Betis midfielder Benat Etxebarria, the country's federation said in a statement.

The 23 players called up will gather at Los Rozas just outside Madrid on Tuesday, apart from Barcelona's Gerard Pique who has been given permission to join the group in Miami due to family reasons.

The world and European champions have two friendlies in the United States before heading to Brazil.

They will play Haiti in Miami on 8 June and Ireland in New York three days later.

For the Confederations Cup, Spain have been drawn in Group B with Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria and they open the tournament in Recife on 16 June against the 2011 Copa America winners.

The eight-nation warm up event for next year's World Cup runs from 15 to 30 June.

FULL SQUAD:

GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool)

DEFENDERS: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Arsenal), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid)

MIDFIELDERS: Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

FORWARDS: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), David Villa (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Roberto Soldado (Valencia), Pedro (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

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