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Spain defender Pique doubtful for Australia match

Spain defender Pique leaves training with injury, may miss World Cup match vs Australia
Posted on June 21, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Gerard Pique could miss Spain’s last World Cup match in Brazil after leaving practice Saturday with a leg injury.

Team officials did not specify which leg Pique hurt, and say the Barcelona defender will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis ahead of Monday’s Group B game against Australia.

Both teams are already out of contention, with 2010 champion Spain losing 5-1 to Netherlands and 2-0 to Chile in its opening two matches. Pique was dropped from the lineup before the loss to Chile.

Spain will be playing mostly for pride at Curitiba’s Arena da Baixada after becoming the first defending World Cup champion to be knocked out after just two group games.

Goalkeeper David de Gea also remains in doubt for Monday’s match.




 FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

Updated on Sept. 22, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.
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