Manchester City midfielder Rodri will be absent from Spain’s clash with Cyprus after reporting a ‘discomfort’ to their medical staff.
That’s according to COPE and journalist Miguel Ángel Díaz, who says Spain boss Luis de la Fuente has decided not to risk the Manchester City star on this occasion.
They report that Spain, who have already qualified for next summer’s Euro 2024, will be without Rodri and defender José Luis Gayá for the clash with Cyprus at least.
A plan is already in place to replace the pair, with Martin Zubimendi likely to start in midfielder and Alejandro Grimaldo, who would be making his international debut, at left-back.
Whether the unidentified issue for Rodri also keeps him out of the clash with Georgia remains to be seen but with Spain already qualified, there’s no need to risk him at that juncture.
That’s presumably also the sentiment shared by Manchester City, who will be hoping the midfielder isn’t out for an extended spell given how sorely they missed him when he was suspended for three games earlier this year.