The call-up of Marc Bartra, who is not even a regular in the Barcelona team, as a replacement for Sergio Ramos in the Spain squad is an indication of the weakness at centre half which national coach Vicente del Bosque blames on foreign imports.
Spain defender Sergio Ramos will miss this week`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Slovakia and Luxembourg due to a calf injury and will be replaced in the squad by Marc Bartra, the European champions said on Monday.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez insisted he hasn`t been frustrated by his lack of opportunities under new boss Luis Enrique after starting for the first time this season in a much-changed side in a 1-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.
An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique`s header gave them a 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday.
Barcelona were given a boost before Saturday`s La Liga showdown against Atletico Madrid when forward Neymar and defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were given the all-clear by medical staff on Friday.
With Real Madrid`s game away to Valladolid postponed to allow them more time to prepare for next week`s Champions League tie at home to Bayern Munich, the attention turned to sides battling to avoid relegation to the second division.