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    David Villa out for Spain in next World Cup qualifier match due to pulled muscle

    Sep 4, 2017
    David Villa played the final two minutes of Spain's 3-0 win over Italy on Saturday, his first appearance after a three-year absence from the national team. AP

    MADRID — Spain striker David Villa will miss Tuesday's (Wednesday, Manila time) World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein after injuring a muscle during training.

    Spain's team doctors had originally said Villa was doubtful after he pulled a muscle during Sunday's team practice. But the doctors ruled the 35-year-old striker unavailable hours later.

    Villa played the final two minutes of Spain's 3-0 win over Italy on Saturday, his first appearance after a three-year absence from the national team.

    Villa, who plays for New York City FC, is Spain's all-time leading scorer with 59 goals in 98 matches.

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    David Villa played the final two minutes of Spain's 3-0 win over Italy on Saturday, his first appearance after a three-year absence from the national team. AP
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