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striker Alvaro Morata has been withdrawn from Spain's latest squad due
to a hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City on Saturday.
The off-season signing from Real Madrid signalled to the bench that
he needed to be substituted in the first half of the Blues' 1-0 defeat
at Stamford Bridge, after feeling discomfort in his leg.
Morata has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League,
registering six goals and two assists in six appearances for Antonio
The 24-year-old was a candidate to spearhead La Furia Roja's attack
in their World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel during the
international break, but the injury has forced him out of contention.
Spain boss Julien Lopetegui has opted to call up veteran marksman
Aritz Aduriz as a replacement, with four goals in seven La Liga outings
to his name for Athletic Bilbao this season.
Lopetegui must also do without Andres Iniesta, after Barcelona
confirmed on Monday that the midfielder will be sidelined for "around 10
days" with a hamstring injury he picked up in the closing stages of
their 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday.
The former world champions lead Group C by three points ahead of
Italy, with two games remaining in the race for the automatic qualifying
spot at Russia 2018.