Aymeric Laporte, a key center back for the Spanish national team, is facing muscle discomfort just days before Spain’s Euro opener against Croatia. As reported by Helena Condis on ‘COPE,’ Laporte’s condition has led to doubts about the center-back pairing Luis de la Fuente will choose for the crucial opening game.

Due to his muscular discomfort, Laporte has been unable to join the squad for the upcoming match. Instead, it is likely that Nacho Fernandez and Robin Le Normand will form the center-back pairing in Laporte’s absence. Despite his current injury concern, Laporte is expected to travel with the team to Berlin for the match against Croatia.

Laporte’s fitness issues arose on Thursday, but the team is hopeful that he will be able to recover in time for subsequent matches in the tournament. To aid in his recovery, Laporte will undergo specific rehabilitation work before rejoining the squad for training and match preparations.

The defender’s delayed arrival to the national team camp was due to his participation in the Saudi King’s Cup final, where he was suspended following a red card in a previous match. Although Laporte missed the final, he requested permission to remain in the Middle East to support his club in the crucial fixture, which they unfortunately lost on penalties.

Despite his recent injury setback, Laporte had been part of the starting lineup in a friendly match against Northern Ireland. However, his substitution in the second half hinted at a potential center-back partnership with other experienced players. The national team will need to adjust their defensive strategy in Laporte’s absence to ensure a strong performance in the upcoming Euro matches.

As Spain prepares to kick off their Euro campaign, the absence of Laporte adds a layer of uncertainty to the team’s defensive setup. The coaching staff will need to devise a new strategy to compensate for his absence and ensure a solid defensive line against tough opponents in the tournament. Fans will be eagerly awaiting updates on Laporte’s recovery and potential return to the starting lineup as Spain aims for success in the European Championship.