Friendly: Xavi rested as Spain face Puerto Rico test

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Friendly: Xavi rested as Spain face Puerto Rico test
Madrid, Aug 11: Barcelona playmaker Xavi Hernandez has been rested for Spain's friendly against Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Aug 15 to allow the 32-year-old midfielder prepare well in advance for the upcoming La Liga season.

Spain's failed trio at the London Olympics, Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata along with flop striker Alvaro Negredo will also miss the trip to Central America next week.

"In the case of Xavi, I spoke to him yesterday and we decided not to bring him so that he can prepare well", Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said during a press conference at the Spanish Football Federation in Madrid.

Arsenal new signing Santi Cazorla made the squad while Fernando Torres also retained his place. Barcelona team-mates forward David Villa and defender Carles Puyol have been rested after recovering from long injury spells.

Spain kick-start to defend their World Championship crown away to Georgia on Sept 11. The La Roja Furia are placed in Group I with former World and European champions France, Belarus and Finland for the 2014 World Cup qualifying stage.

Spain squad against Puerto Rico:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Manuel Reina (Liverpool FC), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Malaga), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro Rodrigues (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

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