Iniesta sidelined by injury

  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 10:35 BST

Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of Spain's upcoming matches against France and Macedonia through injury.

Andres Iniesta: Ruled out by a knee injury
Andres Iniesta: Ruled out by a knee injury

The midfielder is struggling with a knee problem that forced him to miss Barcelona's match with Villarreal at the weekend and he will not be available to national team coach Vicente del Bosque.

Del Bosque has opted against calling up a replacement for the 30-year-old and will stick with the remaining 22 players in his named in his squad on Friday, the Spanish football federation announced.

The two-time reigning European champions play France in a friendly on Thursday before facing Macedonia in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Monday.