Spain’s attack in trouble ahead of Euro defense

AP, Thursday 23 Feb 2012

The World’s number one national team suffers striking blow ahead of European Championship

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The Spanish team pose for photographers with the World Cup trophy, center foreground, following the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg (Photo: AP)

Fernando Torres hasn’t scored this year, David Villa is out with a long-term knee problem and midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez have seen their seasons limited by injuries.

World champion Spain’s attack is in trouble only months before it defends its European Championship, leaving coach Vicente del Bosque with some tough decisions—starting with Friday’s squad announcement for an upcoming friendly against Venezuela.

Speculation over who can lead the attack has grown as Torres’ form at Chelsea hasn’t improved, although the striker could still play against Venezuela due to Villa’s absence.

Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente is a regular in the squad and Valencia’s Roberto Soldado appears the leading candidate to join.

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