Olympics-Injured Spain soccer midfielder Thiago out of Games

MADRID, July 5 Thu Jul 5, 2012 9:55am EDT

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MADRID, July 5 (Reuters) - Spanish Olympic team midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss the London Games after failing to recover in time from a tibia injury, his club Barcelona said on Thursday.

Playmaker Thiago was part of the Spanish under-21 team that won the European championship in 2011, scoring against Switzerland in the final, and was a key member of Olympic coach Luis Milla's squad.

"Tests were conducted today to assess the state of Thiago's tibia injury and confirmed that the injury had not been overcome," Barca said on their Twitter feed.

"Thiago will continue with the recovery process in coming weeks and will not be able to be given the all-clear before the Olympic Games," they added.

Spain have been drawn in Group D alongside Japan, Honduras and Morocco for the Olympic soccer competition and begin their quest to repeat their 1992 gold-medal triumph against the Japanese on July 26. (Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Clare Fallon)

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