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We would not have been European or World champions without David Villa, says Cazorla

The 27-year-old attacker believes that the Barcelona man's absence is worrying news, insisting that the stricken star was key to the team's recent successes

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HOW THEY QUALIFIED
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 SPAIN 8 24
 CZECH REPUBLIC
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 SCOTLAND 8 11
 LITHUANIA 8 5
 LIECHTENSTEIN 8 4

Malaga winger Santi Cazorla has acknowledged that David Villa's absence at Euro 2012 is a "heavy blow" for Spain.

Barcelona announced on Tuesday that Villa will not be able to take part in this summer's showpiece event, as he will not recover in time from a fractured tibia sustained at the Club World Cup in December.

Cazorla confessed that he was disappointed with the news and pointed out that the 30-year-old was a key player in Spain's successful campaigns at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010.

"This is a considerable loss because David was an important player for us," he told reporters. "If he had not been at the Euros and at the World Cup, Spain would not have been champions.

"He gave us a lot, and we will have to make sure that this loss will not be that noticeable. It is a heavy blow, I would like to take this chance to send him my best.

"But we have to continue moving forward."

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea also lamented that Villa will not fly to Poland and Ukraine.

"He is a key player for this team, top scorer at the World Cup, so it is a shame that he is not here," he said.

"We hope he will recover as soon as possible to return to the field."

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