Spain defender Carvajal misses World Cup practice with flu

Nov 20, 2022, 12:11 PM | Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 2:13 am
Gavi, left, and Dani Carvajal of Spain's national soccer team arrive with teammates at Hamad Intern...

Gavi, left, and Dani Carvajal of Spain's national soccer team arrive with teammates at Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Spain will play the first match in the World Cup against Costa Rica on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

              Gave, right, and Dani Carvajal of Spain's national soccer team arrive with teammates at Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Spain will play the first match in the World Cup against Costa Rica on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
            
              Gavi, left, and Dani Carvajal of Spain's national soccer team arrive with teammates at Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Spain will play the first match in the World Cup against Costa Rica on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defender Dani Carvajal has the flu and didn’t practice Monday, two days before Spain’s debut at the World Cup.

The Spanish soccer federation didn’t give more detail about the condition of the right back.

His absence comes as regular starting striker Álvaro Morata returned to practice after his own bout with the flu. Central defender Hugo Guillamón, nursing a knee issue, trained separately and was unlikely to be available for Wednesday’s opening match.

Spain faces Costa Rica in its first game in Group E. It then plays against Germany and Japan.

Spain’s only World Cup title came in 2010 in South Africa. It made it to the final of the Nations League and the semifinals of the European Championship last year. Its last major title came at Euro 2012.

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