Injured Puyol pulls out of Spain squad, Monreal called up

Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 09:18 AM IST

Madrid: Spain defender Carles Puyol has pulled out of the squad to play Liechtenstein and Argentina due to a calf injury, the federation said on its website (www.rfef.es) on Tuesday.

The Barcelona defender failed to complete the side`s first training session in Las Rozas near Madrid and tests showed he had damaged a calf muscle.

Osasuna defender Nacho Monreal has been called up as a replacement.

The world champions start the defence of their European title with a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Friday. They travel to play Argentina in a friendly four days later.

Bureau Report