Aymeric Laporte to miss Spain's Euro 2024 opener against Croatia


Spain will be without defender Aymeric Laporte for their opening Euro 2024 group-stage fixture against Croatia on Saturday.

The 30-year-old centre-back trained individually on Thursday due to “minor discomfort” and did not train on Friday.

The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) confirmed Laporte will still travel to Berlin with the rest of the squad for the fixture at the Olympiastadion.

Real Madrid defender Nacho is expected to start in Laporte’s place and will likely partner Real Sociedad’s Robin Le Normand at centre-back.

Athletic Bilbao’s Dani Vivian is the only other centre-back named in Luis de la Fuente’s squad, while right-back Dani Carvajal deputised at centre-back on occasions for Real Madrid last season. Barcelona’s 17-year-old defender Pau Cubarsi was cut from the provisional squad.

Laporte played five times for Spain during Euro 2024 qualifying and started three of his country’s four games at the 2022 World Cup.

The French-born, Bilbao-raised defender had been persuaded to switch his international allegiance to Spain ahead of Euro 2020, having represented France at youth level, and won 29 senior caps.

Laporte moved to Al Nassr from Manchester City last summer and made 27 appearances in the Saudi Pro League during his debut season.

Spain head into Euro 2024 as Nations League champions having beaten Saturday’s opponents Croatia on penalties in last year’s final.

After Saturday’s opening game, Spain play European champions Italy on June 20 and Albania on June 24.

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