No Silva could mean gold for Bojan

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Days after Fernando Torres withdrew from the Spain squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia, the European champions have lost David Silva to an ankle injury. Valencia return Silva underwent tests on his troubled left ankle after arriving at Spain's training camp in Madrid before further complaints of soreness led to the 22-year-old being sent back to his club, Valencia CF. Coach Vicente del Bosque had already given a late call-up to Bojan Krkić after another member of the UEFA EURO 2008™ winning team, Torres, suffered a hamstring injury playing for Liverpool FC on Sunday. Fall-back options include a five-man midfield with Valencia's David Villa deployed as a lone attacker and Villarreal CF's Santi Cazorla in an advanced role, or Fenerbahçe SK striker Daniel Güiza up front alongside Villa. No entitlements Speaking about his selection, 18-year-old FC Barcelona forward Bojan said: "I've always wanted to play for Spain and here I am. Being with the team is a huge thing to me regardless of whether I play or not." Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso remained cool despite the injuries to key players – calling on his remaining team-mates to keep focused on the task ahead in Group 5. "We are all calm. The experience of having won the [UEFA] European Championship doesn't automatically mean you are entitled to win games. The important thing for us now is to focus on the upcoming matches which are crucial for us."

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