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The Barcelona playmaker has reportedly opted to return to Catalunya after picking up a calf problem, though Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is believed to be fit after a scare

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Spain will be without the services of Xavi for their friendly encounter with Italy on Wednesday after the midfielder picked up a calf injury during Barcelona's pre-season preparations, according to reports.

Marca report that the 31-year-old has decided to return home to receive treatment, after consultation with his national team's medical staff, who detected discomfort during medical examinations.

His participation in the Supercopa against Real Madrid on August 14 is now a cause for concern, and he may follow defender Sergio Ramos, who was replaced by Nacho Monreal, onto the sidelines, if reports are to be believed.

Xavi's injury may clear the way for much-hyped Barcelona colleague, 20-year-old Thiago Alcantara, to make an appearance, after being called into the senior squad for the first time by Vicente del Bosque.

Meanwhile, there is believed to be better news for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, who, despite suffering a pelvic problem, has reportedly been given the green light to feature in Bari.