Xabi misses training session for Spain

Xabi Alonso’s World Cup hopes – and the hopes of Spain – hit a setback today when it was revealed that the Liverpool midfielder had been forced to miss training today due to a leg injury.

Xabi, 24, missed the six-a-side training session but no details have yet been released about the exact nature of the injury. Xabi struggled to get himself fit for the FA Cup final and had to leave the game early. He’d gone into that game as a doubt after injuring his leg in the final league game of the season against Portsmouth.

There’s no indication as to whether this injury is linked to the previous one, but the player who tried to stamp off a broken ankle the season-before-last isn’t likely to miss the tournament for anything trivial.