Arsenal star Monreal replaces Jordi Alba in Spain squad

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Jordi Alba will miss Spain's World Cup qualifier against Albania after suffering a thigh injury against Italy, with Nacho Monreal drafted in as his replacement. The Gunners full-back has been called up to take the place of the Barcelona defender, who will now miss the meeting with Albania due to a thigh injury picked up against Italy.

The Barcelona defender received medical treatment before walking off the pitch in the 22nd minute of Thursday's 1-1 draw in Turin to be replaced by Real Madrid stopper Nacho.

Alba, 27, was the subject of medical tests on Friday morning which confirmed a muscular injury on his left thigh, meaning he will return home.

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