Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has been left out of the latest Spain squad following concerns over his fitness.
The Reds' ten-goal top-scorer continues to be troubled by a groin injury which may require surgery and will play no part in the European champions' forthcoming friendlies against Argentina and Austria.
The news comes as a timely boost for manager Rafael Benitez as Torres has twice returned from international duty in the last 12 months with hamstring problems.
Speaking before Spain coach Vicente del Bosque revealed his squad for the upcoming friendlies, Benitez had called for Torres to be omitted.
However, the Reds' star striker could still play in Monday's Premier League encounter with Birmingham City.
"The situation now with him is he has to carry on and work with the physios and see how he feels," said Benitez."If everything is okay then maybe he can be available against Birmingham.
"I was talking with the technical director of the Spanish team and the fitness coach and I explained to them the situation. They know Fernando needs to work with the physios for a while and that is the situation.
"One of the questions was will he need an operation? You never know, but at least he is trying to do his best and he is working very hard with the physios."