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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Injured Villa rules self out of Euros


BARCELONA, Spain — Spain striker David Villa ruled himself out of the European Championship on Tuesday after failing to recover from a leg injury that forced him to miss much of the last season with Barcelona.

While the decision was hardly a surprise, it still deals a blow to Spain's chances of defending the title as Villa played a key role in its runs to both the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup titles.

Villa is Spain's all-time leading scorer but hasn't played since fracturing his left shin in December, and Barcelona said Tuesday that Villa will not be fit in time for Euro 2012.

Barcelona said on its website that Villa made the decision himself "after not showing sufficient progress in his recovery in the last few training sessions."

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