Xavi will skip exhibition match

Updated: August 10, 2012, 1:14 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Spain will be without midfielder Xavi Hernandez and three other Barcelona players when it plays an exhibition at Puerto Rico on Wednesday in its first match since retaining the European Championship.

Coach Vicente del Bosque will give the 32-year-old midfielder a break rather than have him travel to the Caribbean.

David Villa, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba are the other Barcelona players left off the world champions' 19-man roster.

Villa and Puyol are recovering from ...

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