Injury woes for Spanish soccer side

MADRID - The Spanish national football team has been hit by various injury problems ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup in South Africa.

MADRID - The Spanish national football team has been hit by various injury problems ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup in South Africa.

On Saturday Barcelona's in-form defender Gerard Pique tore the abductor muscle in his left leg, in the 1-1 draw away to Deportivo Coruna which finished Barca's historic season.

Pique, 22, will be out of action for around two weeks, but still hopes to make the trip to South Africa.

Spain, who are participating in the tournament as European champions, will make their debut on June 14 against New Zealand.

National manager Vicente del Bosque will name his squad today.

Andres Iniesta, Pique's Barcelona teammate, is also doubtful after tearing a muscle at the back of his right thigh in Wednesday's Champions League triumph over Manchester United. Iniesta is about to be chosen player of the year in Spain.

On Saturday Villarreal veteran Marcos Senna told the media that "it is unlikely that I will be ready" for the Confederations Cup.

The Brazil-born midfield anchorman tore a muscle in his left thigh in April.

Valencia's David Silva is another injury doubt. But winger Santi Cazorla might be fit in time, after breaking his right leg playing for Villarreal against Almeria in April. -Sapa-DPA

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