Celta Vigo player Gabri Veiga saw himself having to leave the Spain U21 camp after suffering a muscular problem in training. He will be replaced by Atlético Madrid’s Pablo Barrios, as reported by Diario AS.
Veiga has been instrumental for Celta’s first team this season, registering nine goals and three assists from midfield. He’s attracting international attention, with European heavy hitters such as Manchester United and Real Madrid keeping an eye on the 20-year-old.
Meanwhile, Barrios has been impressive in his own right, having earned his place in Atlético’s first team. He caught Diego Simeone’s eye shortly before the World Cup break, and has since featured in Los Rojiblanco‘s starting XI on seven occasions in 15 games.
Santi Denia, the Spain U21 coach, will already be familiar with Barrios after the two worked together in the U19 squad.
The full Spain U21 squad
Goalkeepers: Julen Aguirrezabala (Athletic Club), Arnau Tenas (Barcelona), Leo Román (Mallorca)
Defenders: Arnau Martínez (Girona), Víctor Gómez (Braga), Jon Pacheco (Real Sociedad), Aitor Paredes (Athletic), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia), Mario Gila (Lazio), Juan Miranda (Betis), Manu Sánchez (Osasuna)
Midfielders: Antonio Blanco (Alavés), Nico González (Valencia), Oihan Sancet (Athletic), Pablo Barrios (Atlético Madrid), Aimar Oroz (Osasuna), Rodrigo Rodríguez (Betis), Álex Baena (Villarreal).
Forwards: Sergio Gómez (Manchester City), Rodrigo Riquelme (Girona), Abel Ruiz (Braga), Sergio Camello (Rayo Vallecano), Ander Barrenetxea (Real Sociedad)
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