MADRID, July 5 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
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)