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Barca’s Pedri to miss Spain’s Nations League finals campaign

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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain midfielder Pedri is out of next week’s Nations League finals, the Spanish FA (RFEF) said on Friday.

The 18-year-old Barcelona player, who was a standout performer during Spain’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, has suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury which saw him miss a fortnight of action in September. He will also miss his side’s showdown with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Celta Vigo’s Brais Mendez has been called up as a replacement by coach Luis Enrique, who raised a few eyebrows by selecting Pedri’s 17-year-old club mate Gavi in the squad, despite the teenager starting just two senior games of football in his career.

Spain face hosts Italy next Wednesday in the first semi-final, with Belgium taking on France in the other last-four encounter a day later.

The final and third-place playoffs will take place next Sunday.

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Toby Davis)

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