Spain Laments Carvajal’s injury
Spain coach Luis Enrique is confident that Adama Traore wants to play his international football with La Roja.
The Wolves forward has the option to represent either Spain or Mali, but he has been included in Luis Enrique’s squad ahead of the October fixtures against Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine – the latter two being competitive UEFA Nations League matches.
“It’s the third time, so I’ll touch wood,” Luis Enrique said of Traore’s selection, referring to the two previous squads that the forward has had to pull out of due to injury and COVID-19.
“It’s the player who has to decide.
“What I know is that I have spoken with him and that he wants to play for Spain.”
Dani Carvajal had a medial collateral ligament injury confirmed shortly after being included in the squad, ruling him out for two months, but the Spain coach is looking forward to having him back in the future.
“It’s unpleasant for him,” he said.
“He’s in good hands and I’ll speak with my staff, but we’re quite clear about who will replace him.”
Ansu Fati’s impressive start to the season with Barcelona hasn’t gone unnoticed and he too has been called into the squad.
“What you see are his most technical characteristics,” the coach said.
“Even though he’s small, he has a good header.
“He interprets the game differently.
“With and without the ball, he knows his responsibilities for the collective.”
The teenager’s form has attracted a lot of attention and headlines so far this season, but Luis Enrique is hopeful that the youngster can stay focused and has talked down the narrative of him being the heir to Lionel Messi.
“Ansu Fati is the heir to Ansu Fati,” he added.
“The media’s impact is evident.
“He has to look at himself, to be humble and keep working as he has been.
“Being humble and working is the advice that his family and those of us with experience in football will give him.”