Chelsea attacker Juan Mata not in Spain's squad to face Belarus and France
Last Updated: October 5, 2012 1:16pm
Juan Mata: Chelsea star not included in Spain squad to reduce his workload
Chelsea's attacking midfielder Juan Mata remains out of Spain's squad for their two World Cup qualifiers this month.
The 24-year-old will sit out the games against Belarus and France following the Blues' request to coach Vicente del Bosque to have his workload reduced at international level.
Mata was part of the Spain squad at their successful Euro 2012 campaign in the summer and also played at the 2012 London Olympics immediately after.
Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez, though, has been recalled to the Spain squad after being left out of the European and world champions' team for their opening qualifier against Georgia last month.
The 24-year-old, who can play both in defensive midfield and in central defence, has replaced Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury.
Spain beat Georgia 1-0 in Tbilisi in September and are currently second in Group I behind France, who have six points having played a game more.
Spain squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Jose Reina (Liverpool); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Malaga), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid); Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Benat Etxebarria (Real Betis), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla); Fernando Torres (Chelsea), David Villa (Barcelona), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).