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Defender Llorente replaces injured Laporte in Spain squad

May 25, 2022 GMT
Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, right, blocks a shot by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, right, blocks a shot by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, right, blocks a shot by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, right, blocks a shot by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, right, blocks a shot by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Leeds defender Diego Llorente will replace the injured Aymeric Laporte in Spain’s squad for the Nations League, the Spanish soccer federation said Wednesday.

Laporte had been included in the initial list of 25 players selected for the four Nations League matches to be played in June but is nursing a right knee injury sustained with Manchester City.

Spain’s first game in Group 2 will be in Seville on June 2 against Portugal, the inaugural Nations League champion in 2019.

Spain then faces the Czech Republic in Prague three days later, and visits Switzerland on June 9. Spain’s last match will be at home against the Czech Republic on June 12 in Málaga.

Spain was a Nations League finalist last season, losing to France.

The national team’s preparations will begin on May 30 in Madrid.

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